Enugu lawmakers want employment embargo on IMT lifted

The Enugu House of Assembly has called on the state executive to lift the embargo it had imposed on employment in Institute of Management and Technology (IMT), Enugu.

Chairman of the House Education Committee, James Akadu, made the request in Enugu on Friday during the committee’s oversight function at IMT.

Mr. Akadu said lifting the embargo would enable the institute to recruit qualified lecturers.

He denounced the number of casual workers at IMT, which he said was around 200.

IMT’s casual workers outnumbered permanent workers, he said.

Mr. Akadu said: “The development is not only unhealthy but also affects the institution negatively.”

The chairman of the committee urged the institution to increase its internally generated revenue so that it can increase the monthly stipends from the state government.

A committee member, Chima Obieze, urged the institution’s management to work on run-down hostels to encourage students to live on campus.

Mr Obieze said: ‘The institution should not be concerned with increasing accommodation costs but should make hostels student-friendly.

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“This is one of the reasons why students are unwilling to live in hostels.”

In response, IMT Rector Austin Nweze said the institution had raised tuition fees for freshmen from N40,000 to N75,000 to enable it to meet its financial obligations.

“The challenges facing the institution are enormous. However, my administration is tackling these challenges head-on.

“So I am asking for your help to move the institution forward,” said Professor Nweze.


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