New Okpara varsity boss pledges to resolve labour issues

Michael Okpara University of Agriculture Umudike

Michael Okpara University of Agriculture Umudike

The resolution of labour disputes in the Michael Okpara University of Agriculture Umudike (MOUAU) would be a top priority of the new management, the new Vice Chancellor of the institution, Prof Francis Otunta has said.

Speaking when he formally took over the management of the university, Prof Otunta pleaded to resolve all outstanding staff union issues within a short period.

He charged the branch chairman of the Non Academic Staff of University and Associated Institutions (NASU), Ken Njoku and his Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Prof Emmanuel Osodeke counterpart to show understanding as the new management team works assiduously to tackle the industrial disagreements.

Prof Otunta lauded the giant stride achieved by his predecessor in office, Prof Hilary Edeoga, who, he said, worked very hard to make the university a prime institution of learning.

Addressing the university’s staff and students after he formally took over, he hinged the cardinal objectives of his administration on good leadership with effective and efficient administration, expansion of existing facilities, high quality and variety academic and non academic staff and programmers, absence of communal and sectarian strife within and around its community, encouraging diversity of staff and students, provision of support services that include in-and-out patient health center, good supporting and full banking facilities within the campus and therapeutic staff center to ‘rub off dust of bit’ on campus.

He made a special plea to those that contested the VC position with him saying, “it is my very humble desire to have the eminent Professors of this institution who contested for the position I occupy now to join me in the task of lifting it to greater heights. Obviously, my dear colleagues, you had your definite and very articulate plans for our great university. We can only have one VC at a time. Today I put out my fully stretched hands of friendship, seeking your unalloyed cooperation in this five-year assignment.”

He also paid glowing tribute to his predecessor Prof Edeoga whose achievements he acknowledged and the Pro Chancellor Prof Anya O. Anya, pleading that the Pro Chancellor extends his fatherly care to him.
Professor Edeoga had also urged the Pro Chancellor to treat VC Otunta the way he (Pro chancellor), treated him (Edeoga) and prayed God to guide and empower Otunta to grow MOUAU higher that he (Edeoga) did during his tenure as VC.

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