The University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN) chapter of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has denied asking actor Williams Uchemba for help financially due to the group’s five-month long strike.
This is contained in a statement issued in Nsukka on Wednesday and signed by Christian Opata and Michael Nwokedi, chairman and secretary of ASUU-UNN respectively.
The statement said the attention of the union was drawn to a recent viral video credited to Uchemba who is also an aluminus of UNN.
In the video, Uchemba claimed that UNN lectuerers were demanding assistance from him as they could no longer feed themselves and their families.
“The attention of leadership of ASUU-UNN has been drawn to a video credited to Uchemba, saying lecturers are soliciting support from the general public through him, to help feed themselves and their families.
“The union is not aware of any such plea as ASUU-UNN has a welfare scheme for cushioning the effect of the prolonged strike for members,” the statement said.
The group noted that the maker of the video claimed that help arose from requests by lecturers in the branch.
However, it added that when the leadership of the branch got in touch with Uchemba he apologised and posted an apology on social media.
The group expressed concern that Uchemba’s viral video came at the same time President Muhammadu Buhari threatened ASUU that ‘enough is enough.’