10 August 2017

Nigeria: Boko Haram - Unimaid Denies Resignation of 70 Lecturers

Maiduguri — The Management of troubled University of Maiduguri in Borno state has denied reports published in some National Dailies (Not Vanguard) and online media platforms that the Chairman of Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASSU) of its Branch, Dr. Dani Mamman confirmed that 70 of his members have recently resigned following incessant attacks and bombings by insurgents within varsity community.

Professor Danjuma Gambo who is the Director, Radio and Public Relations of the institution in a press release on Thursday said, the report is not only false and misleading, but is calculated to further inflict tension among parents, students and the general public.

He said, as management is doing everything possible to ensure adequate security in and around the campus for smooth opening of the new academic session in October this year, Media practitioners are expected to verify information from their sources before going to press.

Prof. Gambo recalled that the ASSU Chairman had, at a press conference organized by ASSU and other UNIMAID based Unions presented the same figures last month but in the context of the period of 2009 to 2017, insisting that, the resignation was not afresh as depicted in the recent publications.

Continuing he said, "the Chairman was then misunderstood by the media and the general public as substantiating the union's call for urgent intervention by the Federal government to address recent attacks on the NNPC/UNIMAID oil exploration team along the Gubio axis.

"while management regrets this misunderstanding of the figures and the context in which they were presented by the Chairman, it wishes to clarify that it has not received any resignation letter(s) from academic or non-academic staff in the institution since the attack took place.

"Unfortunately, the recent comment by the Chairman based on the same figures in the same 2009-20017 context has been mischievously twisted thereby giving impression that 70 lecturers had recently put off their appointments.

"Having successfully completed the Second Semester 2016/2017 examinations, academic staff are rather busy processing and submitting results to their Heads of Department, preparatory to promoting /graduating successful students.

"In view of the above, members of the public should ignore the rumours and misconceptions generated by the false and misleading claims and opinions on the comment of the Chairman, as they do not in anyway reflect the reality of the situation in the University.

"The media are also advised to make more effective use of the open-door-policy of the University management in information dissemination, especially on such sensitive issue, so as not to heighten tension". Gambo said in his statement. En


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