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Union dissociates self from call for suspension of FIIRO boss


Chima Igwe

Some members of the Senior Staff Association of Universities’ Teaching Hospitals Research Institutes and Associated Institutions (SSAUTHRIAI), and Federal Institute of Industrial Research (FIIRO), Oshodi branch, have denied supporting calls for the suspension of the Acting Director-General of the agency, Chima Igwe, over his doctoral degree certificate saga.

Media reports had shown that Igwe, after more than 17 years of claiming to have bagged a doctorate from the Universite d’Abomey-Calavi, Benin Republic, could not produce a certificate to back his claim.

He was said to have been promoted several times based on a letter of attestation that he attended the school.

According to one of the members, who pleaded anonymity, “The information in the script did not originate from the senior staff association, which was neither the opinion/resolution of the union executives nor an agreement by the general Congress.


“It is a mere pursuit of personal interest by the writer of the published script, which is a clear fact that some notable individuals who have vested interest in the seat of FIIRO Chief Executive are bent on using media publications to rubbish and tarnish the image of Dr. C. C. Igwe, who has vast knowledge and is capable of taking the Institute to the next level where she wants to be.”

The member went further, saying: “There is also an allegation of financial inducement on the chairman of the union to the tune of N2million or more to enable him to forward such mischievous report against FIIRO Boss. Reputable individuals in the ministry and federal organisations have been assigned to look into this matter.

“There is no indication that the senior staff association is in support of this obnoxious report, and have therefore dissociated themselves and also from the planned action in two weeks time as said by the chairman. It is unfair and saddening for a union branch chairman saddled with the responsibility of defending the welfare of staff to be engaged in such an act, and endangering the working careers of his fellow executives and the entire union at large”, he added.

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