Ojukwu Varsity Lecturers Reject Proposed ASUU Strike

The Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University, COOU, chapter of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has opted out of the strike being proposed by university teachers nationwide.

The Interim Chairman of the union, Prof Osita, Chiaghanam, who addressed journalists at the COOU, Igbariam campus, said the teachers would not embark on any strike at a time they were expecting a new visitor, the Anambra State Governor-elect, Prof Chukwuma Soludo.

He said, “The university community, especially the academic staff in Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University (COOU) is hereby placed on red alert to beware of a sinister and wicked plot by enemies of peace and merchants of doom to invade the university and ply their trade of blackmail, distortion, disruption and destruction.

“The latest plot, being bandied by the hatchet men of a ruinous dark past as ASUU-COOU reconciliation congress, is nothing but a well-rehearsed gang-up to recruit sympathisers to feather their self-warming nest of infamy. Sensing that their mission is dead-on-arrival as usual.

“The meddlesome interlopers have resorted to mudslinging, cheap blackmail and arm twisting just to make an in-road into the conscience of a few unsuspecting members of the university community.”

“Make no pretense about it, the only goal of these sly invasionists and their cohorts is to truncate the industrial harmony in our university and erode all gains of the university’s stable academic calendar,” he said.

He continued that: ”The marauders must be told in clear terms that COOU is a community of people of honour committed to the best ideals of responsible unionism.

“It is an old fashioned single story for the self-serving czars of stomach infrastructure to signpost non-payment of Earned Academic Allowances (EAA) and Pensions at a time the university is reaping the gains of having a visionary management that courageously manned up to the ruins of the university’s past and changed the narratives for good.

“Truth be told, before the advent of Professor Greg Nwakoby as the Vice-Chancellor of our great university, the University was borrowing money to pay salaries. Not only did he stop the borrowing culture, he cleared all the debts running close to a billion Naira. As expected, the beneficiaries and commission-earners of the debt era went on rampage but could not prevail.”

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