By: Morayo Koku
The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS), has warned the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, against pressuring the Vice Chancellor of Federal University of Technology Owerri, FUTO, Prof. Nnenna Oti, to resign.
The members of ASUU, Owerri zone requested for the prompt resignation of the Vice Chancellor of FUTO, Prof. Nnenna Oti, over alleged corrupt practices and anti-union activities.
However, the students’ body accused ASUU of being responsible for instability in the nation’s universities adding that the FUTO vice chancellor has done no detestable act to warrant such action.
In reaction to ASUU demand while addressing the media, NANS’ Vice President, Comrade Ezenagu Victor, mentioned that ASUU had strayed from its core mandate and urged the federal government to ban the union.
He expressed his concern about the attitude of ASUU’s leadership stating that they have a political vendetta. He also emphasised that the alleged attack on Prof. Nnenna was as a result of her gender, and the transparency in the execution of her duties as Vice Chancellor.
“Those who lost to her during the vice chancellorship contest as well as those who could not use her to achieve their ungodly aims during the national assignment have resulted to using ASUU to grind their axe with her, thus making the university ungovernable,”
He added, “We, the National Association of Nigerian Students, wish to draw the attention of ASUU in particular and the public in general, that those fighting the Vice Chancellor of FUTO by proxy are obviously threatening peace and tranquillity in the university.”
He accused ASUU of disrupting with intentions aimed at “causing industrial action at the university so as to bring her to disrepute at the expense of students’ learning.”
He pointed out “It should be well noted that all industrial disputes have major side effects on students who suffer untold hardship during and after such disputes.”
Also warning the university lecturers’ organisation to rescind from demanding the resignation of the madame VC or the face wrath of students.