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UNN CRISIS: Nsukka people petition Jonathan over pro-chancellor’s removal

BY Tony Edike
Nsukka—The people of Enugu North senatorial district (Nsukka) in Enugu State, yesterday, joined the three workers’ union in the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, UNN, to demand the immediate reinstatement of the former pro-chancellor, Dr. Emeka Enejere.

All activities were grounded in the university by members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, the Non-Academic Staff Union of Universities, NASU, and the National Association of Academic Technologists, NAAT, throughout last week on account of the protest over the suspension of Enejere.

The workers insisted that the university’s Vice Chancellor, Professor Bartho Okolo, should be sacked for master-minding the removal of the pro-chancellor and alleged corrupt practices.
They also rejected the appointment of a new pro-chancellor, insisting that Enejere, who was suspended by the supervising Minister of Education, Nyesom Wike, must be recalled.

In an open letter to President Goodluck Jonathan, which was made available to journalists in Enugu yesterday, the people said Enejere was suspended for insisting on due process in running the affairs of the university.
The letter entitled, “Removal of Emeka Enejere as Chairman, Governing Council, University of Nigeria, Nsukka”, and signed by the President General of Nsukka Town Union, Mr. Austin Alumonah, called on Jonathan to stop Wike from destroying UNN.
The letter read in part:  “Permit me, Your Excellency, to reach you through this medium in view of the urgency.  The joy of Nsukka people (Nsukka Cultural Zone or Enugu North Senatorial Zone) knew no bounds earlier this year when one of her illustrious sons, Emeka Enejere, was appointed chairman of Governing Council, UNN.

“It was the first time that someone from the zone got to that position in UNN. It, therefore, gave us all a sense of belonging.
“We keenly followed the zeal and audacity with which Enejere zoomed into the rot in UNN and positioned himself to clean up the place with his council.”


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