Akanu Ibiam federal polytechnic lecturer renounces his Nigerian citizenship
Following his demotion for a period of 8 years at Akanu Ibiam federal polytechnic, Afikpo, Ebonyi state which further led to frustration, Victor Koreyo, a lecturer at the department of ceramics and glass technology of the tertiary institution, has written to President Muhammadu Buhari to approve his renunciation of Nigerian citizenship.
It was gathered that a directive was given by the Federal Government in 2007, directing all lecturers to produce additional qualification relevant to the job they do.
NAN reported that the 7th Governing Council of the institution, gave the lecturer two years to produce a foreign institution master degree in Ceramic Science and Engineering or he would be dismissed from service.
Koreyo from Nasarawa State, said that the management of the polytechnic refused to communicate the information to him in written form. He alleged that since 2010 till date, the institutions had refused to approve his application for staff development opportunity because Igbos constituted principal officers in the school.
The aggrieved lecturer also accused the ministry of Education for allegedly writing a counter-directive letter to the rector, to disregard the government directives issued by the HOSF and AGF.
“I love to continue as citizen of this great nation on earth. But since I do not have the financial power or connection to challenge the rector to obey the federal government’s directives in my favour, I decided to take this peaceful action,” he said.
“I believe this peaceful action and step of honour will prevent the rector from killing me by premeditated frustration of my constitutional rights to social justice as the citizen of Nigeria. .
I have nursed this feeling of suicide to end these eight years of frustration by the rector and officials of the Akanu Ibiam polytechnic division of tertiary education department of the federal ministry of education.
“And have decided the renunciation of my citizenship by birth will be the best way to peacefully end my quest for social justice at the ministry of education and finally resign from federal public service of Nigeria” he said.
On the other hand, the authorities of Akanu Ibiam Federal polytechnic, Uwana in Afikpo noted that the decision of the institution was in compliance with the directive of National Board for Technical Education (NBTE),
Dr Edmond Oyeneho, a former chairman of the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics, Akanu Ibiam Federal polytechnic, Uwana chapter, told NAN in Afikpo that the institution was acting on instruction.
According to him, NBTE in 2007 introduced a policy aimed at ending the dichotomy between polytechnic and University education in Nigeria.
He said the policy, which upgraded the course content of Polytechnic education to be at par with University education, also mandated lecturers in Polytechnics without Master degrees in their core areas to upgrade.