The University of Nigeria, Nsukka, UNN, Chapter of the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, has announced that its members would boycott the 2018 convocation of the university.
Ifeanyichukwu Abada, the chairman of the chapter, made the announcement in Nsukka on Thursday, November 22, 2018, at a news conference after a congress to update members of the union on the ongoing nationwide ASUU strike.
He said the union agreed at the congress to write Prof. Benjamin Ozumba, the Vice-Chancellor of UNN, to suspend the 2018 convocation of the university, billed to start on November 26, 2018, and end on December 2, 2018.
“One of the resolutions reached at this congress is that Ozumba should suspend arrangements for the 48th convocation of the university until the ongoing ASUU strike is suspended.
“If he refuses and decides to go ahead with the convocation, academic staff of UNN will boycott all the activities lined up for the convocation
“I wonder what the convocation will look like in the absence of lecturers, heads of departments, directors and deans of faculties, who have the responsibility of presenting graduating students to the university during convocations.’’
Abada said that severe sanctions would be imposed on any academic, who might sabotage the union by participating in the convocation if the university decided to go ahead with it.
“ASUU executives in Nsukka zone, who attended this congress are in support that the convocation should be cancelled since the ongoing ASUU nationwide strike is total and comprehensive.
“Serious sanctions will be placed on any academic staff who participates in the convocation if UNN decides to go ahead with it.
“If some universities in the country can cancel their convocations because of ongoing ASUU nationwide strike, I see no reason why UNN will not do same.”
The unionist said the congress was happy with the compliance of UNN workers with the ongoing strike of the union, urging the members to keep it up.
“The congress is happy that the strike since it started has been total and comprehensive in UNN.
“The total compliance has paralysed academic activities at both the Nsukka Campus and the Enugu Campus of the university.
“The nationwide strike embarked upon by academic staff of public universities in the country will continue until the Federal Government meets the demands of the union,” he said.