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UNN workers suspend protest for 7 days

09 January 2014, 16:02

Enugu - The staff of University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN) have suspended its 21-day-old protest for one week.

The UNN Chairman, Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Dr Ifeanyichukwu  Abada,  said in Nsukka on Wednesday that the suspension was to give the Federal Government opportunity to act on the demands of the workers.

"We have decided to suspend the protest for one week to give the government the opportunity to meet our demands.

"If after one week the government did not do anything, we will have no option than to resume the protest,” Abada told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).

Abada said the workers were determined to see justice done to move the university forward, adding: "our  protest is in the interest of the University.

"Our straggle is in line with the motto of the university, which says, "To Restore the Dignity of Man."

NAN reports that protest, which started on December 18, paralysed administrative and academic activities.

The workers of the university commenced the protest following the suspension of Dr Emeka Enejere Chairman, UNN Governing Council by Nysome Wike, the Supervising Minister for  Education.

The workers urged the Federal Government to remove Prof. Barth Okolo, UNN’s Vice Chancellor, over alleged financial indiscipline and refusal to follow due process in appointments and award of contracts.

They also demanded the setting up of a panel of inquiry to probe Okolo and the reinstatement of Enejere.

-  NAN

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