The Academic Staff Union of Universities ASUU, Owerri zone
has protested the suspension order given to Dr Uzochukwu
Onyebinama, chairman of the Michael Okpara University of
Agriculture Umudike [MOUAU]chapter of the union over
alleged fraud and examination malpractices. The union
called on the university authority to immediately revoke the
suspension, which it described as callous.
However, the MOUAU Vice Chancellor, Prof Hilary Edeoga,
said that Onyebinama¡¯s suspension was prescribed by the
rules of service of the university concerning fraud and
misconduct, and not because of his role as ASUU Chairman.
But the union resolved after its congress at the university
last week to commence action against the management until
it reversed the suspension.
The resolution which was announced by the Owerri zonal
coordinator of ASUU, Prof Ike Odumegwu, said that the
measure to suspend the chairperson, place him on half
salary and ban him from entering the campus because he
sought redress in the court against the university over cases
of injustice, were unacceptable.
Defending the management¡¯s decision, Edeoga explained
that Onyebinama did not wait for the outcome of the
investigation before running to the court which he said was
against the university¡¯s rule.
The VC said: ¡°The rules of the university are very clear on
certain matters: you don¡¯t take the university to court. The
rule says that if you are suspended you go on half salary¡±.
Edeoga said that Onyebinama was also guilty of examination
fraud by awarding suspicious marks to students, which the
Senate found abnormal ¨C in addition to allegations of
incompetence and mismanagement against him as the
Director of Continuing Education Center [CEC].
He disclosed that the problem started after Onyebinama was
removed as the Director of CEC.
They started writing all sorts of petitions even against the
new Director but I stood my ground that the right thing must
be done,¡± he said.
Edeoga said that the panel of investigation into a case of
misconduct against Onyebinama and that of the staff
disciplinary committee found him guilty of the allegations of
dereliction of duty, abuse of office and deliberate breach of