A must read: Inih Ebong

A must read: Inih Ebong

A lecturer unjustly sacked by a Nigerian university 18 years ago, who secured a court judgement ordering his reinstatement and compensation early this year, is now fighting for life because of severe ill-health. The lecturer, Inih Ebong, was an associate professor in the Department of Theatre Arts, University of Uyo, when his appointment was unlawfully terminated in 2002. Akpan Ekpo and Peter Effiong were the vice-chancellor and registrar of the institution respectively at the time. Three successive vice-chancellors of the university have refused to reinstate him, despite an unbroken string of victories at different courts.
Mr Ebong, before his sack, had a running battle with Messrs Ekpo and Effiong who saw him as a thorn in their side for speaking up regularly against alleged maladministration and corruption in the school. The National Industrial Court in Uyo, in January, said the termination of Mr Ebong’s appointment was “malicious, ultra vires, and unlawful”. Justice M. A. Namtar ordered the university to reinstate the lecturer and pay him N10 million damages, in addition to his accumulated salaries and allowances.
The university appealed the judgement. Mr Ebong, who has been without any alternative source of income in the past years, is now incapacitated by a cardiovascular disease and appeared unable to continue with his about two-decade fight for justice against his university and its officials. His doctor, a consultant cardiologist, told the lecturer that he has 20 per cent chances of survival.