The management of Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike, Abia State has terminated the appointment of over 400 academic and non-academic staff employed by the erstwhile Vice Chancellor, Prof. Hilary Edeoga.
The affected workers were being owed six months’ salary, and the remaining 25 per cent of their entitlements.
The incident caused panic and chaos in the area as the workers protested after resolving to take the matter up with civil society organisations including the Nigeria Labour Congress and the Trade Union Congress of Nigeria.
The sacked workers also added that they've lost confidence in the Academic Staff Union of Universities to protect their welfare. The decision to sack the workers was said to have been taken at a recent meeting of the governing council of the MOUAU.
Some of those affected by the purge said they were shocked to receive the letters terminating their appointment because they attended the regularisation interview conducted in 2016 by the former VC.