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


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


“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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