It was an atmosphere of division in Nnamdi Azikiwe University (UNIZIK) in Akwa the capital of Anambra State.

A kingdom is divided against itself. 

Two unions in the school under the non-teaching staff and the Acadamic Staff Union of Universities are at war over monetary issues.

Saturday was a day for the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU) in UNIZIK to make good its threat of scuttling the Matriculation of new intakes in the university, but nothing like that happened, as students still held their matriculation even though it was low key.

Members of the union had come in the early hours of the day to hold planned protest and disrupt the matriculation, but higher authorities in the institution were battle ready. 

A source in Awka told Bounce News that they were prevented from entering the premises to ensure the students' matriculation ceremony held.

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The students had thought they would have to keep their rented gowns and wear it to church on Sunday just to make sure they used it, but the school authority, led by the Vice Chancellor, ensured they wore them as planned.

The members of SSANU had insisted that no matriculation would hold in the school, as they push authorities to release unpaid allowances.

The union wanted to draw attention to the insensitivity of the institution’s management to the plight of non-teaching staff.

Treated As Slaves

Members of SSANU had earlier held a meeting followed with chanting of solidarity songs demanding authorities address cases of marginalisation.

They claimed non-teaching staff were being treated as slaves and second-class citizens.

The Chairman of the union, Njideka Nwangwu, who addressed reporters after the Friday meeting, accused the management of withholding their hazard allowance on the grounds they were not entitled to such benefits.

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She said two of the affected staff had gone blind because of the hazards associated with their office in spite of the fact that the Federal Government had released their hazard allowances to the university.

According to her, the university management was just sitting on their hazard allowances.

The spokesman for the institution, Emmanuel Ojukwu, condemned the decision to disrupt the matriculation ceremony, but said their salaries have been paid regularly.

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