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Saturday, October 22, 2016

Gov. Umahi recalls suspended Ebonyi varsity lecturers

Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi State

The Ebonyi State governor, David Umahi, has recalled two suspended members of Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Ebonyi state chapter. It came as the union called off its strike, embarked upon on Monday. The suspension of the strike and lifting of the suspension followed the intervention of ASUU South East regional leadership which brokered peace between the government and the union.

Idenyi Ndubuisi, who is the chairman of the Union and his predecessor, Emeka Nwakpa, had on Monday led a delegation to meet the governor to discuss their agitations. On Tuesday, they briefed their members on the outcome of their meeting. But their members did not accept the terms by the government and chose to continue with the strike.

The governor lambasted the two professors and accused them of politicising the strike. He also accused them of misinforming the lecturers on the outcome of their meeting which he termed gross misconduct. He suspended the two lecturers. But ASUU national executive ordered the zonal leadership to intervene and they brought both parties to the negotiation table where a truce was brokered leading to the governor lifting the suspension and the union calling off the strike.

The Commissioner for Education, John Ekeh, said the suspension was imposed because the lecturers misinformed their colleagues. “We appealed to the governor to temper justice with mercy and the suspension was lifted because we are not fighting a war,” he said.

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