On Thursday, November 26, there was drama in Cross Rivers state after the authority of the University of Calabar (UNICAL) instructed 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.
It was gathered that the registrar emphasised that as all the offices and departments must be cleared of all waste and grass.
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, It 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.
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.