Drama as VC directs UNICAL staff to resume with cutlasses, brooms after COVID-19 vacation

Drama as VC directs UNICAL staff to resume with cutlasses, brooms after COVID-19 vacation

- The management of the UNICAL has ordered the staff to resume on Friday, November 27

- The staff are expected to resume with cutlasses and brooms to clear the overgrown grass in the university

- Some Nigerian universities have been on lock and key since the COVID-19 pandemic broke out

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A mild drama ensued on Thursday, November 26, in Cross Rivers state when the authority of the University of Calabar (UNICAL) directed all non-teaching staff of the institution to resume work on Friday, November 27, with cutlasses, hoes, brooms, and buckets to clear overgrown grass, sweep offices as well as keep the environment clean.

Daily Trust reports that Gabriel Egbe, the registrar of the university, in a letter signed by Citizen InEkpo with reference number UC/Reg/CIR/68, said participation in the sanitation exercise was mandatory for all the staff.

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Legit.ng gathered that the registrar emphasised that as all the offices and departments must be cleared of all waste and grass.

Drama as VC directs UNICAL staff to resume with cutlasses, brooms after COVID-19 vacation
The premises of the University of Calabar were taken over by weeds. Source: Daily Trust.
Source: UGC

He said:

“It has been observed that most offices and their surroundings have been overtaken by weeds and other debris. This condition is not only unhealthy to the workers but also unconducive for efficiency.
“As members of this community, it would be proper not to overlook our filthy environment in the course of discharging our official duties. All faculty/institute officers and other senior administrative staff in the various departments, units and centres are to coordinate this exercise and ensure full compliance by all the staff."

According to the registrar, the non-compliance by the non-teaching staff would be not be tolerated.

Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) dismissed reports claiming that the union has announced the suspension of its eight-month-old strike.

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It was reported that the president of ASUU, Professor Biodun Ogunyemi, on Saturday, November 21, distanced the union from the said announcement.

Ogunyemi said the union would address a press conference when it intends to call off the strike.

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In another report, the federal government agreed to provide an additional sum of N15 billion to the ASUU.

The report said that a cumulative sum of N65 billion has been provided for the settlement of the lecturers' allowances and the revitalization of the university system.

It was also agreed that ASUU will be exempted from the Integrated Personnel Payroll System (IPPIS) which has been generating hiccups against the end of the strike action.

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