70 lecturers did not resign over Boko Haram attacks – UNIMAID

The Management of the University of Maiduguri, Borno State has denied reports that 70 members of staff resigned due to the incessant attack on the institution by Boko Haram terrorists.

There had been reports that Chairman of Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASSU) of its Branch, Dr. Dani Mamman confirmed that 70 of its members have recently resigned due to the attacks.

However, Professor Danjuma Gambo, the Director, Radio and Public Relations of the institution in a press release on Thursday said, the report was false and misleading.

Prof. Gambo insisted that the resignation was not afresh as depicted in the recent publications.

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He said, “The Chairman was then misunderstood by the media and the general public as substantiating the union’s call for urgent intervention by the Federal government to address recent attacks on the NNPC/UNIMAID oil exploration team along the Gubio axis.

“While management regrets this misunderstanding of the figures and the context in which they were presented by the Chairman, it wishes to clarify that it has not received any resignation letter(s) from academic or non-academic staff in the institution since the attack took place.

“Unfortunately, the recent comment by the Chairman based on the same figures in the same 2009-20017 context has been mischievously twisted thereby giving impression that 70 lecturers had recently put off their appointments.

“Having successfully completed the Second Semester 2016/2017 examinations, academic staff are rather busy processing and submitting results to their Heads of Department, preparatory to promoting /graduating successful students.

“In view of the above, members of the public should ignore the rumours and misconceptions generated by the false and misleading claims and opinions on the comment of the Chairman, as they do not in anyway reflect the reality of the situation in the University.

“The media are also advised to make more effective use of the open-door-policy of the University management in information dissemination, especially on such sensitive issue, so as not to heighten tension”.

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