31 January 2013

Nigeria: Rivers - Lecturers Protest Kidnapping, Threaten Strike

Port Harcourt — Lecturers and staff of the Federal Government College of Education, Omoku, Rivers State, have issued a seven days ultimatum to the state government to as a matter of urgency provide security in the institution or risk indefinite strike.

The lecturers, Monday, took to the streets of Port Harcourt and headed to the Government House where they presented their protest letter to the Permanent Secretary, Cabinet Office.

Speaking on behalf of the protesting lecturers, chairman of the academic staff union of the college, Peter Godfrey, decried the deteriorating security situation in the institution where he said lecturers and staff are kidnapped at random.

He recalled that the institute's Dean of Academics, Ihenagbo Friday, was kidnapped by gunmen and his whereabout still was unknown.

He said the union had taken their case to both the state Commissioner of Police, director of State Security Services and the state governor but no action was taken to checkmate the situation.

He said if security on the school's campus was not beefed up at the expiration of the seven days' ultimatum, lecturers would embark on indefinite strike.

The Permanent Secretary, Fortune Oguru, who addressed the protesters assured them that the government would do everything "humanly possible" to provide security in the school.

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