There was drama Thursday at Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu College, COOU, Igbariam, Anambra State yesterday as gun-wielding safety males from the establishment’s anti-cultism outfit chased away lecturers of the establishment, stopping them from holding a scheduled assembly.
The lecturers beneath the aegis of the Educational Workers Union of Universities (ASUU) lately dissociated themselves from the deliberate reopening of the establishment by its administration, a improvement that irked the Vice-Chancellor, Prof Greg Nwakoby.
ASUU within the establishment, led by Prof Alphonsus Aniebo and the zonal coordinator of the group, in Owerri Zone, Dr Uzo Onyebinama had made to begin a gathering on the congress corridor of the college, when gun-wielding safety males from the establishment’s anti-cult outfit stopped them, asking all members of the group to go away.
The group left the corridor and converged beneath a mango tree within the establishment, however have been additionally stopped from assembly however they insisted.
The speedy previous coordinator of ASUU, Owerri zone, Prof Ike Odumegwu who spoke to journalists mentioned, “the safety males mentioned they have been instructed by the Vice-Chancellor of the college, Prof Greg Nwakoby to not let the group maintain its assembly inside the establishment.
“We have now by no means been handled this manner earlier than. How can the Vice-Chancellor ship safety males to cease us from assembly? They shut the door towards us and requested everybody out of the corridor as if we have been frequent criminals.”
Prof Alphonsus Aniebo, chairman of ASUU within the establishment mentioned, “I’ve been queried due to this strike and that is geared in direction of terminating my appointment on this college
“It is rather unlucky. This union made loads of sacrifices, now we have been key to the struggles right here. We is not going to be intimidated. On this college, there is no such thing as a funds monitoring fund. TETFUND and NEEDS are merchandise of ASUU struggles, however the VC is bent on killing the college as a result of he has simply three years to go away.
“The college needs us to interrupt a nationwide strike, however now we have mentioned we is not going to. We’ll maintain following the nationwide physique of ASUU as a result of each achievement he has right here has been because of ASUU wrestle,” he mentioned.
Chairman of the Owerri zone of ASUU, Dr Uzo Onyebinama condemned the motion of the Vice-Chancellor, refuting claims that the lecturers had no cause to go on strikes as a result of they don’t seem to be captured within the controversial IPPIS fee mannequin.
“Let me inform you, our wrestle has been on, for quite a lot of causes earlier than the Federal Authorities introduced in IPPIS. For the vice-chancellor to say that IPPIS is the only real cause for the strike reveals that he’s not nicely knowledgeable.”
Vice-Chancellor of the establishment, Prof Greg Nwakoby had days again said that educational actions will proceed within the establishment. He said that out of over 600 lecturers within the college, just a few have been embarking on the strike.