We’re on strike, says Michael Okpara University

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Tony Okafor, Awka

The Academic Staff Union of Universities Michael Okpara University of Agriculture Umudike chapter Imo State on Tuesday dispelled stories doing the rounds that it did not join the nationwide ASUU strike.

Speaking at a press conference in Awka, Anambra State, the chairperson of ASUU in the university, Chinyere Echendu described the rumour as callous misinformation and misleading.

She accused an illegal association in the university of peddling such story.

She said, “All members of ASUU MOUAU have fully complied with the resolution and are currently on a total, comprehensive and indefinite strike effective Wednesday 16th August 2017.

“The individuals or groups of individuals parading themselves as the Academic Staff Association, MOUAU, are non-members of ASUU MOUAU who are the primary beneficiaries of the unbridled impunity and atrocities perpetrated by the estranged former Vice-Chancellor of MOUAU, which ASUU MOUAU has relentlessly fought.

“There is no trade Union in the University system known as Academic Staff Association. The Academic Staff Association, MOUAU is unregistered, unrecognized and illegal.

“ASUU MOUAU condemns in very strong terms the callous misinformation and misrepresentation of the Governing Council of MOUAU and the University Administration in the electronic and other media by the illegal group, known as the Academic Staff Association, in relation to the purported sack of workers in MOUAU.

“ASUU MOUAU views this attempt to bring the image of the University to disrepute as gross misconduct in line with the extant provisions of the Conditions of Service for Senior Staff of MOUAU.

“ASUU MOUAU commends the Governing Council of MOUAU and the University Administration for the concerted efforts to follow due process and adhere strictly to the extant regulations of the University with a view to cleaning up the rot.”

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