Students Disrupt ASUU Meeting in UNIPORT
By Joshua Rodgers & Martha Okereke
Pandemonium broke out on Wednesday at the University Of Port Harcourt (UNIPORT) after some students of the university disrupted an emergency meeting of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) in the school.
The students carried placards and invaded the conference hall of the ASUU secretariat chanting solidarity songs forcing ASUU members to relocate their meeting to a hotel near the University campus.
Addressing journalists at the hotel, ASUU Chairman in UNIPORT, Dr Austin Sado accused the Vice-Chancellor of the institution, Ndowa Lale of sponsoring the students to disrupt their meeting.
He, however, revealed one of the reason for the faceoff between the union and the school management to be a battle over the termination of the appointment of Professor Frank Ugiomoh of the Department of Fine Arts and Design since 2017.
He said the allegations of "meddlesomeness in the affairs of the Department" levelled against the Professor, which led to his sack in 2018 is vague and that due process was not followed.
ASUU also accused the Vice-Chancellor of rejecting the nominee of the union on the board of the budget monitoring committee of the university adding that they are not threatened by the existence of a parallel academic union called CONUA which was inaugurated in the university yesterday.
On the other hand, the Students Union Government (SUG) President UNIPORT, Sowari Dikibo, addressing newsmen shortly after their protest, said ASUU was planning to go on strike on the 20th of December, hence their protests. Mr Dikibo said the planned strike would have again disrupted their academic calendar.
The SUG President also said the student body is in support of the Congress of University Academics, CONUA. He accused the leadership of ASUU of directing lecturers to withhold the second-semester result of 2018/2019.