The University Academic Staff Union (ASUU), Nsukka Zone, has condemned the alleged attempt by Professor Charles Eze, Vice Chancellor of Enugu State University of Science and Technology (ESUT), to use the military to take exams at the institution.
Some universities under the Nsukka Zone include: Benue State University (BSU), Enugu State University of Science and Technology (ESUT), Federal University, Lokoja, Kogi State University, Anyigba, Nigeria Nsukka University and Makurdi Federal University of Agriculture .
Dr. Igbana Ajir, the Zonal Coordinator, delivered the sentence at the Nigerian Nsukka University while briefing journalists shortly after the ASUU zonal meeting.
Ajir said that inviting the military to force students to write the 2019/2020 first semester exam recently by the VC and the school administration is not only barbaric but denies the traditions of the civil university.
“The attempt to use the military to force students to take exams at ESUT is totally unacceptable and reprehensible.
“The union will not hesitate to deploy the pertinent instruments to sanction ESUT if the institution continues to pressure and deny salary to our members who oppose this impolite act,” he said.
Ajir listed some of ASUU’s demands to include adequate funding to revitalize public universities, academic awards earned, proliferation of universities, and scant funding from state universities.
Also the government did not implement the 2009 Federal Government Memorandum of Understanding and the 2013 ASUU with the government.
“Until the government reasonably complies with these ASUU demands, this strike will not be suspended because the government agreed and signed to comply with all of them,” he said.
The zone president accused Dr. Chris Ngige, Minister of Labor and Productivity, and Mr. Chukuemeka Nwajiuba, Minister of State for Education, of feeding the public with incorrect information.
“This report calls upon intimate members of the press and the general public from deliberate deception into the genuinely frustrating steps of ASUU to prevent the total collapse of public universities.
“Instead of ministers finding ways to meet ASUU’s demands for public universities to resume, they have resorted to feeding the public with intentional lies that will delay the strike,” he said.
It should be remembered that ASUU embarked on an indefinite strike at the national level on March 23, to force the government to comply with its demand signed by the government.