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Suspension Of ASUU Chairman Pitches VC Against Union

Posted: Jun 17, 2015 at 12:00 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Emeka Okafor


The suspension of the Chairman of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike, (MOUAU), Abia State, Dr. U.A.U Onyembinama by the University’s Authority has drawn the Union on a war path with the Institution’s Vice Chancellor, Prof Hillary Edeoga.

However, on the heels of an ultimatum issued to the institution to recall the suspended ASUU branch chairman or face sanctions from the Union, the Vice Chancellor insisted that the University would not reverse the suspension placed on the university Don pending the withdrawal of a lawsuit against the institution.

The Owerri Zone of ASUU had at its Congress held at the University Campus, Umudike, on Friday called on the University authority to immediately reverse the suspension order or face the wrath of the Union.

Reacting to the Union’s Congress resolution, the Prof. Edeoga disclosed that the action of the University was prompted by the legal action instituted by the suspended ASUU branch Chairman who decided to go against the stipulated condition of service of the University.

According to him, the suspended ASUU branch chairman who was the Acting HOD of Agricultural Economics Department had undergone series of investigation by the Senate of the Institution for gross misconduct of generous award of marks above guiding principles.

“Following the report of staff investigation that confirmed the case of gross misconduct, the Senate approved the report for further action, rather than allowing the Committee to complete its assignment, the suspended ASUU branch chairman quickly ran to the Court and filed a case against the university.

Edeoga further said “Senate mandated the Vice Chancellor to invoke Section 16, paragraph of the Statue and Chapter 12, paragraph 12.2b of the Condition of Service for Senior Staff 2003/2004 empowers the Vice Chancellor to constitute a staff disciplinary committee to consider the report of the Investigation and recommend appropriate sanctions”.

On the allegation of stoppage of the salary of the ASUU branch chairman, the VC described the allegation as laughable and attempt to divert peoples view from the misconduct of the ASUU Branch chairman, contending that the suspended ASUU chairman still collects his full salary to date contrary to the allegation.

“The condition of service of the University is very clear, it says once a staff takes the university to court, that he must be suspended, so, I did not suspend him, after all, his case is undergoing due process through the committee system.