Unizik Council polls: ASUU tasks contestants on fair, selfless service
By Gabriel Chy Alonta
Ahead of elections into the Governing Council of the Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, Anambra state, the members of Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Unizik chapter, have urged all contestants in the election to ensure fair representation and selfless service, if given the mandate.
The members of the union gave the charge at a Special ASUU-NAU Congress, organised to interact with contestants aspiring to represent members at the university governing council. The event was held on Wednesday, at the University Auditorium.
Orient Weekend gathered that the election will be in three positions – Senate Representatives in Council, Congregation Representatives in Council and Convocation Representative in Council, and are slated for March 31, April 8 and April 9, 2021 respectively.
Speaking shortly after the manifesto presentation by the candidates, the ASUU-NAU chairperson, Comrade Stephen Ufoaroh, enjoined the contestants to keep the words, expressed in their manifestoes, as well as to develop a mechanism for reporting back to their electorates.
While highlighting the unique roles of governing council members, the union leader told the contestants that the epoch-making event, a brainchild of the union, would serve as a reminder to them in the future, if elected.
“The council is like a father to the university. You must ensure you keep to all the promises you make here. This is a matter of conscience. God is watching and we too, are watching closely”, Ufoaroh quipped.
In a remark, the chairman, Non-Academic Staff Union, Comrade Chigozie Ikegwuru told the aspirants to imbibe spirit of sportsmanship, noting that election was not a do or die affair, but an opportunity to select one out of many. He beckoned on the soon-to-be members of the council to be good representatives, who can give good account of their stewardship in due time.
The chairperson, Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU), Comrade Njideka Nwangwu, while commending ASUU-NAU for the efforts to organise the event, said the idea was to solidify the unity among the university workers. She advised the contestants to work for the best interest of the university in a way that staff welfare would be paramount.
In a vote of thanks, the Director, Academic Planning, and former ASUU-NAU chairman, Prof. Ike Odimegwu said the synergy among the unions was a clear indication that the unions have grown. He said the congress has shown its dignity and unity, stressing that the future council members must recognize the importance of integrity when elected.
This paper reports that some of the contestants in the Senate are, Prof. Nkechinyere Nwokoye, Prof. Dennis Aribodor, Prof. Stanley Udedi, Prof. Ezinma Nnabuife, Prof. Ken Nwogu, Rev. Fr. Prof. Obi Oguejiofor, Prof. Charles Ogu, Prof. Ikemefuna Uzochukwu. Prof. Chinonso Achebe, Prof. Michael Ezenwa, Prof. Sylvanus Anigbogu, Prof. Azuoma Asomugha, Prof. Ngozi Ijoma and Prof. Harry Obi-Nwosu.
For Congregation category, we have Rev. Fr. Prof. Bonachristus Umeogu, Prof. Anthony Eze, Prof. Okechukwu Nwafor, Mr. Sam Ufoh, Mr. Victor Uruaka, Mr. Chike Nwobu and Comrade Clement Nnanimebila while Dr Kingsley Ubaoji, Dr. Nkoli Nnyigide, Comrade Ejiofo Umegbogu, Dr. Nestor Amahalu, and Prof. Meshack Umenweke are vying for Convocation representative.
The contestants had, earlier, in their presentations, assured to represent the interest of all and sundry in the university governing council when given the mandate. They solicited support of the university community towards actualising their dreams, even as they reiterated their unalloyed commitment to the university.
The deputy vice-chancellor (Administration), Prof. Joseph Ikechebelu, was on ground to observe the exercise, as well as Prof. Au. Nnonyelu, among other top academics of the university.