ASUU Chairman reacts as Ebonyi Govt proscribes Union

By Kelechi Nwoba

The Chairman of Academic Staff Union of University, ASUU Ebonyi State Chapter, Dr Ikechukwu Igwenyi has called on the state  government to prioritize University Education  in the state.

Dr Igwenyi stated this while reacting to the recent proscription of ASUU in Ebonyi State University, by the Governor of the State, Engineer David Umahi in Abakaliki, the State capital.

He said Labour matters are in exclusive list and it is impossible for any Governor to proscribe National Union duly registered and given a charter to operate.

"We are just a branch of ASUU and National body of the Union is very much aware of the situation in Ebonyi". He explained.

The Chairman who is Associate Professor and also the Head of Department of Biochemistry, Ebonyi State University said the staff of the institution are being owed four months.

He urged the people in government not to collapse public educational institutions simply because their children are not there.

"Most Public officeholders are not interested in our public schools nor to invest in the institution because all their children are studying overseas".'He added.

He called on the staff of the University to remain resolute  until government meet up their demands.

Dr Igwenyi therefore, urged the students who are loosing their patience to remain calm until victory is achieved.

Also, the the ASUU Chairman of Alex Ekwueme Federal University Ndufu Alike Ikwo AEFUNAI, Dr Ogugua Egwu said the governor did not make consultation before taking such action.

Dr Egwu stressed that the Governor acted in ignorance. 
"The Governor of Ebonyi State must be joking, he doesn't have such right to proscribe a National Union. He should consult people who know better than him when it comes to ASUU and Government". He fumed.

"I know very well that if his children are there in EBSU, he would have been handling such a renowned University with levity". He added.

He maintained that Lecturers are underpaid considering their work loads.

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