ASUU backs disengagement of 400 university workers

The Academic Staff Union of Universities
of the Micheal Okpara University of
Agriculture, Umudike in Abia State, has
endorsed the decision by the university
last month to disengage over 400
workers.
The university teachers said the affected
workers were engaged on temporary
basis, which under the laws of the
university could not extend beyond 12
calendar months.
They noted that in line with the
provisions of the Federal University of
Agriculture laws, the vice-chancellor
only has the power to make temporary
appointments to academic and non-
academic positions for a period not
exceeding 12 calendar months.
The teachers stated this position in a
statement by their union, ASUU, signed
by its chairperson, C.A Echendu, and
Secretary, F.A Nkaa, and made available
to PREMIUM TIMES on Monday.
The association said it was clearly
indicated in the appointment letters of
the temporary appointees that their
appointments would terminate
automatically after one year.
“The claim that MOUAU sacked over 400
staff is an utter falsehood and totally
misleading.
“The appointments of these temporary
appointees automatically expired on its
own as provided for in the extant laws
of the university and as clearly stated in
their appointment letters.”
PREMIUM TIMES had reported
the controversy over the termination of
the appointments of the 496 workers.

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