BY ANAYO OKOLI
UMUAHIA— Michael Okpara University of Agriculture Umudike, Abia State, has offered full employment to 200 of its staff who had worked as casual workers for 18 years.
Vice Chancellor of the University, Prof. Hilary Edeoga, who disclosed this to mark his one year in office, also described the erstwhile casual status of the affected workers as “crude slavery”.
He said the appointment of the 200 casual staff had been confirmed as full employment by the university.
Recounting some of his achievement in his one year in office, Edeoga said: “200 casual workers who had worked for the university for 18 years as casual workers, I have given them full employment and they have been confirmed. They are now permanent staff of the university.
“It was crude slavery. They worked for the growth of the university, so it would be wrong to push them away.”
The vice chancellor was also said to have issued a standing directive that vouchers for the payment of the university’s pensioners must be signed alongside that of staff salary every month.
Reacting to complaints by the student body about the transport problems they encountered daily to and from the university campus, Edeoga promised to look into it, saying vehicles parked in the institution would be looked into and some repaired and deployed for use by the students.