The Ekiti State Command of the Nigeria Police Force averted breakdown of law and order on Thursday as there was palpable fear in Ekiti State University (EKSU), Ado Ekiti.
This move was to forestall further protest by workers four days after they protested and grounded academic and administrative activities at the institution to express their grievances over the dismissal of over 900 members of staff.
About ten van and 100 armed riot policemen were positioned at strategic places within and outside the institution.
It was later gathered that academic and administrative activities were no affected, but there was apprehension within the university community.
In an interview with The Nation, one of the leaders of the Joint Action Committee affected who spoke on anonymity for fear of retribution, deplored EKSU management for creating unnecessary apprehension by militarizing the institution.
While stating that they won’t be intimidated from protecting the interest of their members, they vowed that the unions would resist any attempt by the university management to humiliate their members further.
Condemning the decision of the institution Governor Council over the retrenchment of over 900 academic and non-academic staff, he described it as unprogressive and a deliberate attempt to crippled education in Ekiti.
“The management cannot just wake up and dismiss it’s staff as there are laid down rules and regulations for everything in the university system.
“I must say that the procedure that culminated into the disengagement over 900 workers explicitly violates global industrial practices and was not incongruous with due process”.