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ASUU Threatens UNN

University of Nigeria Nsukka (UNN) Main Entrance. Photo: Financial Watch
University of Nigeria Nsukka (UNN) Main Entrance. Photo: Financial Watch

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) of the University of Nigeria Nsukka (UNN) chapter has vowed not to be a part of the 2018 convocation ceremonies of the university which started on the 26th of November and will end on the 2nd of December 2018.

According to Daily Post, the decision by the union is in line with the ongoing nationwide industrial action declared by the union on the 5th of Nov. 2018.
The chair person of the ASUU-UNN chapter, Dr. Ifeanyichukwu Abada, briefed journalists after a congress to update members on the strike. He said the union agreed to write the Vice Chancellor of the institution, Prof. Benjamin Ozumba to suspend the convocation.

“One of the resolutions reached in this congress is that Ozumba should suspend arrangements for the 48th convocation of the university till the ongoing ASUU strike is suspended.
“But if he refuses and decides to go ahead with the convocation, academic staff of UNN will boycott all activities lined up for it.

“I wonder what the convocation will look like in the absence of lecturers, head of departments, directors and dean of faculties who have the responsibility of presenting graduating students to the university during convocation,” he stated.
He added by saying that serious sanction would be placed on any academic staff that would sabotage the union by participating in the convocation if the university decided to go ahead with it.

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“Serious sanction will be placed on any academic staff who participates in that convocation if UNN decides to go ahead with it. If some universities in the country can cancel their convocations because of the ongoing strike, I see no reason why UNN will not do the same,” he added.

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