ASUP Strike: OKOPOLY Members Attacked Over Rector Appointment

The Academic Staff Union of polytechnics, yesterday, condemned recent alleged attack on its members by two personal aides of the Rector of the Federal polytechnic Oko, over issues relating to the appointment of rectors from the polytechnic.

According to a statement by ASUP Chairman, Federal polytechnic, Oko, Dr. Onyeka Uwakwe and its General Secretary, Lady Ogugua Ochuba, the two officers (names withheld), disrupted the meeting of the union on October 21, 2013, by attacking members and destroying documents belonging to the congress.

The meeting was convened to discuss issues pertaining to the welfare of members and the progress of the polytechnic system as well as the upcoming national delegates conference of ASUP.

ASUP National President, Mr. C.B. Asomugha and the Zonal Coordinator, Zone D, Mr. Anderson Ezeibe, who witnessed the attack, also condemned the incident saying that they were in the office of the Rector, Professor Godwin Onu, to report the incident.

ASUP’s letter to the Rector of the polytechnic, Prof. Onu on the issue reads in part: “ASUP condemns the action of the duo in its entirety and regrets that the action is unprecedented in the annals of the institution. The actions smack of high level of indiscipline and gangsterism.

’’The development is appalling, shocking and unacceptable. Regrettably, the two officers who disrupted ASUP meeting are key officials attached to your office (Rector). We later learnt that two of them are barely three years old in the polytechnic system. Unfortunately, the victims of the duo are very senior officers of the polytechnic.

“In view of the unguarded utterances and threats to life by the duo, the union is compelled to believe that staff and unions now operate in an atmosphere of fear. That is dreadful enough in an academic environment and this is unacceptable.”

“The action is deplorable and ASUP demands immediate removal and suspension of these officers from office. ASUP demands that these officers be disciplined in line with public service rules and regulations on such cases. The actions of these elements on the day of the said ASUP meeting are linked to an earlier attempt at dividing the union.

“Recall sir that an attempt to divide the union in 2012 was linked to management. The matter was then brought to the attention of the national body.

Consequently, an intervention of a high level delegation of our union led by a former national president of ASUP, Mohammed Ali Kabir, later resolved what we now consider a temporary respite. Recall also sir, that you personally reached an agreement with union that such incident will not reoccur.”

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