The Chairman of Ikwo LGA, Elder Stephen Orogwu, has maintained the stance that a 60% employment quota should be earmarked for Ikwo indigenes in junior staff recruitment in the Alex – Ekweme Federal University Ndufu-Alike, Ikwo, Ebonyi State.
Elder Orogwu who noted that the current employment quota for the host community was below 5% also called for the inclusion of qualified Ikwo senior staff in the institution’s management team.
Elder Orogwu made this known on Tuesday, 4th May, 2021, when he received in audience, the presidential visitation panel set up by President Muhammadu Buhari to visit the Alex Ekwueme Federal University, Ndufu Alike Ikwo, and report back findings on the successes and challenges facing the university.
He regretted that despite the magnanimity and hospitality extended by the local government to the university community, the university has failed to reciprocate in kind.
He called the attention of the presidential visitation panel to the abnormality of not employing reasonable Ikwo people in the university as it was done in other host communities of federal institutions.
According to him, the negligence of Ikwo people extended beyond employment to also include lack of enough admission quotas for Ikwo children, awarding of contracts to Ikwo contractors, and appointment of Ikwo professors and top professionals to the management of the university.
He, therefore, called for an end to such perceived unfairness.
He articulated the demands in a memorandum and asked that it should be passed on to His Excellency, the President, for implementation.
Chairman of the panel, Ambassador Usman Sarki, in a remark, pointed out that Ikwo being the host local government council of the university is an important stakeholder whose magnanimity made the citing of the university in the council possible and through whose hospitality the university has not been overtaken by hoodlums or engulfed with insecurity.
He noted that their findings and the Chairman’s demand would be presented to the Presidency for necessary actions.