MOUAU’s Vice Chancellor dispels sack rumour

T2016_10_10_74447he new Vice- Chancellor (VC) of Michael Okpara University of Agriculture Umudike (MOUAU), Professor Francis Otunta, has dispelled the rumour making the rounds that the management of the in­stitution had perfected plans to sack all staff of the university em­ployed in 2016.

Otunta who dismissed the ru­mour in a forum at the univer­sity, assured workers in the in­stitution that his administration would rather seek to protect and promote their interest.

There have been speculations, however, that the VC is under pressure to sack some of the staff recruited by his predecessor, Pro­fessor Hilary Edeoga towards the end of his tenure.

Assuring workers of their job security, Otunta said his admin­istration was exploring various avenues to shore up its internal­ly generated revenue to keep the university afloat in the face of the economic realities.

His words: “When they men­tioned the issue of sacking those employed in 2016, I told them to first sack me because myself was also engaged in 2016. I am not in­terested in taking food off the ta­ble of any worker”.

The Professor of Mathemat­ics said his major pre-occupa­tion was to take the university to greater heights by sustaining and improving on the achievements of his predecessors, and not to inflict hardship on workers.

Otunta, who assumed office in February 2016, vowed to pur­sue the visions of the founding fa­thers of the university and place the institution on the global map.

He also said he would vigor­ously pursue the expansion of ac­ademic programmes to increase the students’ population of the in­stitution which is currently put at 39,000.

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