The Management of the Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike in Abia state, Monday, stated clearly that the varsity authority did not sack or demote any staff of the school.
The Vice Chancellor of the University, Professor Ogbonnaya Otunta, made the institution’s position, while addressing delegations from Olokoro Community in Umuahia South local government area of Abia led by the Member Representing Umuahia South State Constituency in the Abia State House of Assembly, Hon. Jerry Uzosike, on Monday.
Otunta, who was represented by the Deputy Vice chancellor, in charge of Administration, Professor Joy Nwabueze, explained that the institution management suspended some staff over improper placement.
The delegation(land donor community)was on a visit to interface with School management over alleged marginalization of the land donors communities from Olokoro clan, in the execution of infrastructural projects and employment.
According to the Vice chancellor, “We did not sack anybody. Towards the end of 2016-2017, there was influx of people in the University community, which affected the school. The university budget get very low. The school’s council met and took decision, we conducted interview, some of them were returned.
” Again on the purported demotion of staff being rumored in some quarters, the University management never demoted any staff. There was some promotion we consider, did not follow due process. We have laid down rules and regulations for promotion. We placed some of them to where they suppose to be. I want to assure you that the School management is mindful when dealing with people.
Speaking earlier, the leader of the delegation and the lawmaker representing Umuahia South Constituency, Hon. Jerry Uzosike, while presenting their demands, expressed worry over the negligence of the federal government-owed university towards the Itu, Amizi and Umuoparaozara communities.
Uzosike pointed out that the communities provided largest portions of their lands for the establishment of the institution, urging the top echelon of the varsity to look into the sack and demotion of some staff of the university.
He said, “Umuahia South local government area is a very important partner and stakeholders in this great school. We donated a lot of lands more than any other donor communities. Itu, Amizi and Umuoparaozara in olokoro clan.
” We also learnt that majority that was demoted and sacked by the school authority came from Abia. We as stakeholders in this varsity are worried about the happenings here. We are here to interface with the institution in order to forestall problems between the donor communities and the management of the school.
“We therefore applaud the current Vice chancellor, who have dealt well with the Umuahia South area since this issues erupted”.
Nuelsnews reports that the representatives of the three land donor communities (Itu, Amizi and Umuoparaozara Olokoro), including a former Transition Committee Chairman of Umuahia South LGA, Chief Randy Ukanwo attended the peaceful delegation.