Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU),
Ambrose Alli University Ekpoma chapter is
to join all ASSU members nationwide to
observe a one day strike in solidarity with
their colleagues at the Rivers State
University of Science and Technology
(RSUST) who are pressing for a reversal of
the arbitrary manner in which the
institution is governed.
A statement by the Chairman of ASUU, AAU
chapter, Prof. Fred Esumeh and Secretary Dr.
Stanley Omoikhoje respectively, said that
Nigerians should hold the Governor of
Rivers State, Mr. Chibuike Ameachi
responsible for the disruption in academic
activities in the nation’s universities
following the one day nationwide strike.
Vanguard learnt that at the centre of the
crisis in RSUST is the Acting Vice-Chancellor
Prof. B .B Fakae whose appointment has
been described by ASUU as undeserved and
illegal and has continued to receive
widespread rejection.
According to ASUU, “It beats human logic
that a man who was smuggled into the
system in the first place could be appointed
by the Visitor to continue in office in acting
capacity at the expiration of his four year
tenure. His four years term came after a 2
year period on acting capacity, thus
completing a circle of acting VC, and back to
acting VC”.
“ASUU says it views the appointment of
Prof, Fakae as Acting Vice-Chancellor as
unacceptable and a direct invitation to
anarchy. It is morally repugnant, legally
indefensible and it represents the peak of
arbitrariness that should not be allowed to
go unchallenged”
In the same vein, ASUU UNIBEN chapter has
directed their members to observe the one
day nationwide in sympathy with their
colleagues in RSUST, according to statement
signed by its chairman, Amadi-Emina