SSANU, NASU, NAAT accuse UNN of threat to members
Mgt denies, insists on matriculation today
Three non-academic workers union at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka have accused the institute of threatening them with thugs.
The unions are the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities, (SSANU), Non Academic Staff Union of Associated Institutions (NASU) and the National Association of Academic Technologists (NAAT).
Operating under the aegis of the Joint Action Committee (JAC), they urged parents and guardians of newly admitted students to stay away from the matriculation scheduled to hold today.
The unions claimed that the exercise would be a scam, alleging that the students have no registration or matriculation number.
They said it is the duty of the non-teaching workers, who are presently on strike, to issue such numbers.
But the university’s Public Relations Officer, Dr. Okwum Omeaku, said there was no truth in the allegation that the vice chancellor planned to unleash armed thugs against the union members.
While stating that he is presently out of the country, he insisted that the matriculation would hold as scheduled.
According to him, the striking workers have no role to play in the matriculation of students.
He disclosed that the necessary things have been put in place to ensure a successful exercise.
Meanwhile, the leadership of the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) and the JAC disclosed plans to picket the varsity today, alleging that there is unfriendly environment by the management of the institution.
The Chairman of the JAC and the National President of SSANU, Samson Ugwoke, disclosed this in Abuja yesterday.
He alleged that the vice chancellor threatened to unleash armed thugs, with police backing against the unions, if they protest during the matriculation.
Ugwoke accused the university of using the police to harass and intimidate the union members.
He said: “What the vice chancellor is doing (matriculation) is fake. There is no way you could hold matriculation without our members who are on strike. We are the ones that control the registration.
According to the JAC, the unions have written to the commissioner of police in Enugu State informing about their plans to picket the varsity.
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