Education Today: Group Condemns Confirmation Of NDU VC’s Appointment

Education Today: Group Condemns Confirmation Of NDU VC’s Appointment
Group Faults Confirmation Of NDU VC’s Appointment  

Patriotism Advancement and Community Orientation Network (PACON), a non-governmental organisation, has denounced the affirmation of the appointment of Samuel Edoumiekumo as the substantive Vice Chancellor of the Niger Delta University (NDU), Wilberforce Island.

Representative Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa State, a week ago, affirmed the affirmation of the arrangement of Edoumiekumo who had been serving in acting limit since May 2017.

The Niger Delta-based PACON, in an announcement released Monday by Ebikebuna Aluzu and Debekene Poweide, its coordinator, said the affirmation of Edoumiekumo's appointment in the midst of increasing issues and turmoil at the NDU was curious.

It noted that the approval came at a time when the whole state was mourning the death of about five persons who were reportedly killed by security operatives during last Tuesday’s protest by Amassoma community women and youths against reforms at the university.

“It amounts to dancing on the graves of the deceased and spitting on the face of genuine workers in the university affected by the government reforms,” PACON said.

The group also criticised the attempt in some quarters to give the May 22 incident a political colouration, contending that the protesters, some of whom were injured, could not all have been members of the opposition.

“Even if all the protesters killed are opposition members, they are still entitled to their right to life.

“It is never constitutionally right for a sitting government to attack and gun down its opposition party because such party indulged in protest,” PACON argued.

The group maintained that the security operatives should never have allegedly used live bullets to engage unarmed citizens on a protest.

It further faulted the state government’s claim that genuine staff of the institution were not affected in the reforms, saying its findings showed that “very young persons below the civil service age were disengaged from service in the NDU in defiance to their condition of service.”

While urging the government to give proper medical attention to those injured and battling for their lives, PACON insisted that the university gates should remain closed until workers’ concerns were given due attention.

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