– ASUU-COOU Says No To Resumption
The Vice-Chancellor of Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu (COOU), Prof. Greg Chukwudi Nwakoby has insisted on resumption of academic activities for students of some faculties of the school despite the ongoing Nation-wide Strike of Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).
It will be recalled that earlier last week, through a press release, the Registrar of Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University, Dr. Mrs Ngozi E. Ezeibe, announced the resumption of academic activities for final year students and others, from Monday, 21st September, 2020.
According to her, while all final years students will return for the commencement of 2019/2020 Session Second Semester Lectures, Second and Third-year students of Pharmaceutical Science will commence their 2019/2020 Session First Semester Examination.
She also noted that Second MBBS students of Basic Medical Sciences will commence their 2019/2020 Session First Semester Examinations.
However, in a swift reaction, the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) branch of Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University (COOU) kicked against the proposed resumption of academic activities of the University, noting that ASUU has not suspended the ongoing National Strike.
They advised students to remain at home, revealing that no academic staff of COOU will take part in any lecture and other academic activities during the ongoing national strike.
The branch Chairperson, Prof. Okay Aniebo, said that the strike is in the best interest of the universities in Nigeria, as they continue to pressure the government on the need for more funding of infrastructure in universities and also the welfare of academic staff.
In his reaction, the Vice-Chancellor of Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu (COOU), Prof. Greg Chukwudi Nwakoby, who insisted on the resumption of academic activities, said that the proposed resumption was as a result of directive from the state government.
He revealed that refusal of ASUU branch of COOU on the proposed resumption of academic activities is an attempt to tarnish the image of the University.
The Vice-Chancellor said that ASUU branch of COOU have continued to frustrate every attempt to continue with resumption of academic activities, noting that the branch kicked against the earlier plan to start online lectures.
He said that since Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu Igbaraim and Uli Campus are paying their staff without Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS), the ASUU branch of COOU should allow academic activities to resume.
The opinions, beliefs and viewpoints expressed by the author and forum participants on this website do not necessarily reflect the opinions, beliefs and viewpoints of Anaedo Online or official policies of the Anaedo Online.