NANS protests alleged move to reappoint former OkoPoly governing council chairman

BY VINCENT UJUMADU

AWKA — THE rumoured move by the federal government to reappoint Dr. Anene Uzuakpunwa as the chairman of the Governing Council of Federal Polytechnic, Oko, Anambra State, has heightened tension in the polytechnic as the National Association of Nigerian Students, NANS, is threatening to make the institution ungovernable if Uzuakpunwa was reappointed.

Government announced the reconstitution of the governing councils of federal educational institutions last week, but that of Oko Polytechnic was conspicuously missing because it was gathered that a very influential godfather in the country was insisting that Uzuakpunwa should be reappointed.

During his last tenure as chairman of the governing council, Uzuakpunwa and management of the Polytechnic were often at loggerheads over award of contracts and allowances for committee members’ sittings as the former chairman was said to be insisting on taking the major decisions unilaterally.

Addressing reporters in Awka yesterday, the Nigerian representative of the Association of West African Students Union, AWASU, Comrade Sheriff Zadok, along with other officials of NANS, said the students were opposed to the appointment of Uzuakpunwa because of the likelihood of breakdown of law and order in the institution.

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