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Students protest strike by Rivers varsity lecturers

15 August 2012, 16:22

Rivers - Some students of the Rivers State University of Science and Technology on Wednesday staged a peaceful protest to demand the immediate resumption of academic activities in the university.

The protesters, who confined their demonstration to the university campus, asked the state government to reach a compromise with lecturers in the university.

The university lecturers embarked on strike to protest alleged refusal of the state government to rescind its decision to re-appoint Prof Barineme Fakae as vice-chancellor.

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) had earlier recommended that Gov. Chibuike Amaechi should appoint a vice-chancellor from the best three candidates, who emerged during the screening exercise.

Mr Desmond Nwosu, the university’s spokesman, who confirmed the protest, said that ASUU was yet to inform the university management of its plan to embark on strike.

 ``They (students) are not happy with the ASUU strike which ASUU claimed to be on; is a kind of appeal that they are making to ASUU to call-off the strike.

``There is no strike; they (ASUU) have not communicated to the management of the university that they are going on strike.

“Those of them (lecturers) that are not here they should be coming to classes; students are here and some other lecturers are teaching.

``Their grudge that Amaechi re-appointed Prof. Fakae is not enough for them to go on strike.

``We can resolve this matter through dialogue, not strike.'' 

Nwosu appealed to the striking lecturers to resume academic activities and collaborate with the management in moving the university forward.



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