13 May, 2016

ASUU STRIKE: IMSU students protest 3 months of non academic activity


Students of the Imo State University (IMSU) who were deprived protest from school premises by security men of Imo state university on Friday bulwarked the main entrance of Government House, Owerri, to protest the continued strike by their lecturers.

The students, numbering more than 2,000, requested to have audience with Gov. Rochas Okorocha over their grievances.



The leader of the students, Mr Stanley Chukwuyere, said that the lecturers’ strike had stalled academic activities. He said students preparing for the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) could not complete their registration process and so would miss the opportunity to participate in the programme. 
We call on the governor to end the strike now because our future is at stake. “The first year students are mostly affected by this situation because their colleagues in other institutions have started fully but our own first year students are yet to commence registration,“ he said. 

Some of the placards displayed by the protesters read, “Okorocha end IMSU strike now; “ “We are frustrated at home since the strike;’’ “Our future is now tampered.” 


The students refused the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Youth Affairs, Mr Kenneth Emulu, addressing them. They said they could only allow the governor or his Chief of Staff to address them. The Police Mobile Force had to use tear-gas to disperse the protesting students. The lecturers embarked on an indefinite strike in March following a 30 Per cent salary cut by the state government for its workers.

It will be pertinent for you to know that ASUU, Imo state university chapter, has a similar case in court with the Imo state government led by Mr. Rochas Okorocha Administration. According to a source,  proceedings was suppose to take place at the high Court of  Imo state today but it seams all sector are on strike. Because even the Judiciary sector in  Imo State went on strike as at yesterday before this protest came up today. "I was at the high Court today to see to how our case with Rochas will look like and what will be the outcome of it but to my surprise all entrance gate were locked."

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