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UNIPORT’s ASUU holds congress under trees as secretariat remains locked

By Kelvin Ebiri, Port Harcourt
12 December 2019   |   3:57 am
Members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), University of Port Harcourt chapter yesterday held their congress under a trees as their secretariat remain under lock and keys.

• Final year female law student killed in Rivers

Members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), University of Port Harcourt chapter yesterday held their congress under a trees as their secretariat remain under lock and keys. The union appealed to the Vice Chancellor, Professor Ndoma Lale, who ordered closure of the secretariat and the Chief Security Officer (CSO), to tread the path of justice by opening the secretariat and allow all the offices in the complex to function.

UNIPORT ASUU Chairman, Dr. Austen Sado, told The Guardian that they were compelled to hold the congress under trees due to the continual closure of the secretariat on the order of the Vice Chancellor who have been at war over the termination of the appointment of Prof. Frank Uguimoh, whom the university authority accused of meddling in a matter of harassment leveled against a lecturer by two doctoral degree students.

Sado said, “We are here because our secretariat is still lock and key and we had just finished our national executive council meeting at the weekend in Minna, Niger State and as it is our tradition whenever we finish, we will come back and address congress.

Speaking, Spokesman of the university, Dr. Williams Wodi, maintained that the Vice Chancellor ordered the closure of the secretariat to avoid a clash between ASUU and a new group, Congress of University Academics (CONUA), which had planned to hold a parallel meeting on November 29, 2019 at the same venue with ASUU.

But Sado said when ASUU heard that some group of people that intended to force themselves into the secretariat, he reported the matter to security, insisting that ASUU did not plan any meeting on that date, wondering where the Vice Chancellor got the information.

Meanwhile, a final year female law student of the Rivers State University, Port Harcourt, was found dead with multiple knife stabs on her body.The remains of the victim, who was identified as Miss Maltida Mark, was discovered yesterday in the apartment of her friend who was away from the house when the incident happened.

The Guardian learnt that sources close the late Maltida, who is a ballet dancer in Port Harcourt, had gone to stay over at her friend’s apartment close to the university’s main gate since Monday.The Rivers State Police Command has promised to unravel the cause of the murder and arrest the perpetrators for prosecution just as the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) DSP Nnamdi Omoni confirmed that her remains had been evacuated an deposited at a morgue.

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