As the the strike embarked upon by the Academic Union of Universities, ASUU enters the 10th month, the Alex Ekwueme University Ndufu-Alike Ikwo (ASUU-AEFUNAI) chapter of the Union has asked its members to boycott the special convocation being planned by the Management of the University.
This directive was given by the chapter’s leadership in Abakaliki, Ebonyi State capital last Friday. This directive comes as the University management, plans ‘a special convocation’ slated for December 15.
ASUU has vowed not to be part of it and ordered a total boycott reminding her members that they were still on strike which they described as total and comprehensive.
The statement jointly signed by Ogugua Egwu and Moses Alo, Chairperson and Secretary respectively followed from a congress in which the Union said the convocation is unnecessary and a waste of scarce resources since no student was graduated in 2020 both at Postgraduate and Undergraduate levels.
ASUU went on to argue l that the apparent lack of funds in the institution is another genuine reason not to hold the planned convocation ceremony.
The Union, while describing the planned exercise as an act of insensitivity and misplaced priority advised the school management to instead utilise the funds for the convocation for more important things like the welfare of staff.
The statement read: “Congress was informed that Management has gone out of its way to solicit for funds to carry out the said Convocation. Meanwhile, the same Management had not made any effort to pay the arrears of honoraria for our Colleagues involved in teaching three semesters of General Studies courses (GST) and one semester each for Language Enhancement Programme (LEP), Entrepreneurship (ENT), Pre-degree and Joint University Preliminary Examination Board (JUPEB) courses”.
The union said that since ASUU is still on total comprehensive and indefinite strike action, it completely dissociates itself from the said convocation and therefore directed its members not to attend
“Congress has also used this medium to ask management to source funds and pay all arrears of honoraria being owed its deserving members as it will help them cope through this trying period of no salaries”.
‘Remember, the darkest part of the night is that before dawn. No force can undermine the strength of a united front”, the statement concluded.