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ASUU to boycott UNN convocation, threatens sanction

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The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), University of Nigeria Nsukka chapter, Thursday, vowed that its members would not be part of the 2018 convocation ceremonies of the university.

Saga Gist reports that the decision is in line with the on going nationwide strike of the union.

Dr Ifeanyichukwu Abada, the chairperson of ASUU-UNN, who briefed journalists after a congress to update members on the strike said the union agreed to write the Vice-chacellor of UNN, Prof Benjamin Ozumba to suspendthe 2018 convocation billed to start on Monday November 26 and end on December 2.

“One of the resolutions reached in this congress is that Ozumba should suspend arrangements for the 48th convocation of the university till the ongoing ASUU nationwide strike is suspended.

“But if he refuses and decides to go ahead with the convocation, academic staff of UNN will boycott all activities lined up for it.

“I wonder what the convocation will look like in the absence of lecturers, head of departments, directors and dean of faculties who have the responsibility of presenting graduating students to the university during convocation,” he said.

The UNN-ASUU chairperson said serious sanction would be placed on any academic staff that would saboutage the union by participating in the convocation if the university decided to go ahead with it.

“ASUU executives in Nsukka zone who attended this congress are in support that the convocation should be cancelled since the ongoing ASUU nationwide strike, which is total and comprehensive.

“Serious sanction will be placed on any academic staff who participates in that convocation if UNN decides to go ahead with it.

“If some universities in the country can cancel their convocations because of the on going ASUU nationwide strike, I see no reason why UNN will not do same,” he noted.

Abada said the congress was happy with compliance of members in UNN on the ongoing nationwide strike and urged members to keep it up.

“The congress is happy that the strike in UNN has been total and comprehensive.

“It’s this total compliance that has paralysed academic activities both in UNN and the University of Nigeria Enugu Campus (UNEC).

“The strike will continue until the Federal government meets demands of the union,” he said.

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