Academic and business activities were on Thursday, paralyzed at the Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike following a protest by members of the Non-Academic Staff Union of Universities-NASU.
The Agenda Online reports that the protesting staff locked the main gate (entrance) to the University, keeping stakeholders stranded.
According to an eye witness account, “they locked the main school gate. Those inside cannot go out and those outside, cannot also go in. They include Bank customers, contractors, lecturers and students.”
The protesting staff are angry at the lopsidedness in released earned allowances between teaching and non-teaching staff and shortfall in salaries.
Confirming the incident, a top management staff, who spoke on the condition of anonymity said:
“Yes, it is true that they are protesting. First, they are angry over the Federal Government’s non-fulfilment of agreements as part of Joint Action Congress (JAC) national strike. Internally, they are protesting over what they tagged lopsidedness in released earned allowances between Teaching and non-teaching Staff, shortfall in salaries, among others.”
All efforts to reach the Public Relations Officer of the University, Mrs. Adanma Odefa for comments proved abortive, as her lines could not be reached.