The Delta State House of Assembly Committee on Legislative Compliance has issued a stern warning to the management of Delta State Polytechnic, Ogwahsi-Uku, instructing them not to disregard the Assembly’s resolution.
Consequently, the institution has been ordered to implement the resolution passed by the 7th Delta Assembly in January 2023 within a 24-hour timeframe.
During a crucial meeting with the polytechnic’s management team, the chairman of the committee and Deputy Speaker, Arthur Akpowowo, conveyed the directive and cautioned that any further disregard of the committee’s resolution by the institution would result in severe sanctions.
Members of the Legislative Compliance Committee, including Majority Leader Emeka Nwaobi, Minority Leader Edafe Emakpor, and Deputy Majority Leader Festus Okoh, expressed disappointment at what they described as blatant disrespect shown by the polytechnic’s management towards the assembly.
The committee members threatened to invoke relevant sections of the legislative rules and urged the management team, led by Rector Prof. Emmanuel Achuenu, to provide the committee with a letter confirming their compliance with the directive within 24 hours.
“In the letter you sent to us, it was evident that you were not willing to implement our resolution. Our committee’s responsibility is to ensure fairness in every case brought before the State Assembly. From your letter, it is clear that you lack respect for this House. There was absolutely no reason for you to respond to us in such a manner and tone,” stated Akpowowo.
“We have sent you several letters. This will be our final meeting on this matter. You have until tomorrow to implement our resolution,” Akpowowo added while highlighting the seriousness of the situation.
In response, Prof. Achuenu, the polytechnic’s rector, offered apologies on behalf of the management team and assured compliance with the directed resolution.
The resolution previously issued to the school management involved the immediate reinstatement and reassessment of the sanction imposed on Mrs. Grace Adah from the Department of Academic Planning at the polytechnic. Adah, who allegedly faced demotion to the position of Principal Assistant Registrar due to a dispute with the institution’s management, lodged a petition with the Delta State House of Assembly. Following an investigation, the Assembly directed that she be re-designated as Lecturer 1.