Day 2: ASUU, NASU Shuts UNN Over Sack Of Pro-Chancellor By Nyesom Wike

Day 2: ASUU, NASU Shuts UNN Over Sack Of Pro-Chancellor By Nyesom Wike

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Non-Academic Staff Union, (NASU) and National Association of Academic Technologists (NAAT) of the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, UNN for the second day, trooped out in their numbers demanding the immediate re-instatement of the suspended Pro-Chancellor of the University, Dr. Emeka Enejere.

The university workers also maintained their call for the sack of the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Bartho Okolo.

This is even as Okolo was alleged to have unleashed security agents on the workers at the Enugu campus of the university, who were to hold a similar protest rally.

The three trade union operating at the university had yesterday shut down the University indefinitely over sack of the institution’s Pro-chancellor  and Chairman of the school’s governing board, Dr. Emeka Enejere by the supervising Minister for Education, Nyesom wike.

The unions demanded the immediate and unconditional reinstatement of Dr. Enejere without which they would ground activities at the institution till further notice.

The trade unions whose  leaders led their members numbering over 1000 in the protest rally carrying placards which read  “Pro-chancellor must come back”, “Enejere must come back”, “Batho must go”, among others demanded the sack of the Vice Chancellor, Prof Bartho Okolo who they accused of non-performance.

Briefing newsmen at the end of their protest march yesterday, the three leaders of the unions , Comrades Ifeanyi Abada, Godfrey  Ugwu and Onwu Anthony representing ASUU, NASU and NAAT respectively decried the leadership style of the university under Prof Batho Okolo  and calling for his immediate removal.

It could be recalled that The Paradigm has published a story on Tuesday, how the supervising Minister for Education, Mr. Nyesom Wike unilaterally sacked the Pro-chancellor of University of Nigeria Nsukka, without giving any details for why he was sacked.

Addressing the protesters at the freedom square of the Nsukka campus of the University today, Dr. Ifeanyi Abada, ASUU chairperson, UNN chapter called on the federal government to give justification for the suspension of the Pro-Chancellor, a day to the governing council meeting.

Dr. Abada noted that the essence of the rally was to show that the workers no longer needed Prof. Barth Okolo as the Vice Chancellor.

The ASUU chairperson described Prof. Okolo’s administrative machinery in the university “as agents of darkness” who thrives “on falsehood, corruption, and nefarious activities”.

He urged the workers never to shift on their stand till the demands of the joint trade unions of the university were met.

In the same vein, Mr Onwubiko, Henry, moved a motion for the continuation of the protest, even as he stressed that security agents should not intimidate any of the workers.

The motion was seconded by Dr. Chuka Okoye.

The workers made up of the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, the Non-Academic Staff Union of Universities, NASU, and the National Association of Academic Technologists, NAAT, have vowed to continue the protest.

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