The management of Abia State Polytechnic, Aba has suspended about 500 academic and non-academic staffers.
The staffers were suspended following a report by a committee set up by the Abia state government to investigate their certificates, ages and the authenticity of their employment, which found them wanting.
It was gathered that the names of the affected workers were on Monday removed from the payroll of the school on the orders of the management.
The source, who craved anonymity, said there was no publication in any national daily that called for application into vacant positions for teaching and non-teaching positions in the institution as at the time they were employed.
“Some of the affected staff were employed in what we call ‘backyard’ recruitment process of staff by a former rector of the institution and the powers that be in the state before the governor Okezie Ikpeazu’s administration.
“It was such employment of staff without following due process that is responsible for the ghost workers and over-bloated workforce in the institution now.
“If the incumbent government in the state and management of the institution fail to address the situation, the situation would degenerate further.”
Ikechi Mgbeoji, the state commissioner for education, said that the workers whose names were removed from the school’s payroll were those found culpable by the committee of inquiry earlier instituted by the state government.
He said that the affected workers were employed without proper due process, while there were others with cases of falsification of ages, forged First School Leaving Certificates and other related offences.
He, however, said that a committee had been setup to look into the cases of people with genuine complaints.