Security guards disrupts ASUU meetings in COOU

On Thursday, a meeting of the Academic Staff Union Of Universities (ASUU) was interrupted by the security guards of the Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University (COOU) in Igbariam, Anambra. According to the reports, the security guards who were allegedly acting on behalf of the management, chased the lecturers who had assembled to discuss the ongoing ASUU strike. They gathered again under a mango tree and were harassed.

ASUU Owerri Zone Coordinator, Dr Uzor Onyebinana, while addressing newsmen stated:

“Today, ASUU members were treated like common criminals; a situation where the management of COOU will unleash security men on us in an attempt to prevent us from holding our meeting at the Congress hall and even under a mango tree is unacceptable.

“Even students should not be treated that way.

“Most of issues the national ASUU are agitating for affects ASUU COOU, and the institution also stands to benefit,”

Onyebinana stated that the strike is to persuade the government on issues such as but not limited to: Earned Academic Allowance, re-negotiation of the 2009 FGN/ASUU and the end of proliferation of state univeristies.  

The Public Relations Officer of COOU, Dr Christian Chukwueloka claims he was not aware of such event. He also mentioned that the management is in support of the strike. 

“The COOU Management are hell bent on destroying ASUU in COOU, the vice chancellor has trivialized issues in this institution, putting all issues around Aniebo.

“They have even scheduled examinations in the school when the students have not resumed,” he said.

“I wouldn’t say that there was a chase as alleged, but if there was anything that happened like that, it was a mild approach even though I did not witness it.

“As much as I know, the ASUU COOU has a secretariat. So, if there was the allegation that the school management chased them with security guards, they can simply go to their secretariat.

“The vice chancellor I know doesn’t have the heart to apply force on people,”

“We have received our pay even up to the last minute. If the management is not in suppprt, why would they pay lecturers?” 

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