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Maritime university strike assumes dangerous dimension 

The strike embarked upon,Tuesday, by academic and non-academic staff of the Nigeria Maritime University, Okerenkoko in Gbaramatu kingdom, Warri South West Local Government Area of Delta State took a new twist on Wednesday as the infuriated staff incapacitated the management boat as well as shut the school power plant.

GbaramatuVoice had reported the indefinite strike, Tuesday, that the university staff was embarking on to protest its unpaid allowances and infrastructural deficiency.

The recent imbroglio, according to our source, was that the staff was further agitated by the counter media reports credited to Dr. Alfred Mulade, the Registrar, insisting that there was no strike.

Two of the senior staff pleaded anonymity but confirmed the update while speaking from the Palace of the Gbaramatu king, HRM Oboro Gbaraun II, Aketekpe of Gbaramatu Kingdom in Oporoza.

They said, the king who was worried by the development called the management and representatives of staff for a meeting.

Our sources said pandemonium broke out, Wednesday afternoon, in the two campuses of Kurutie and Okerenkoko as the angry protesting workers siezed the school boat which brought the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Emmanuel Adigio, and other management staff and removed the fuel line.

Not yet done, the protesting staff marched into the school, shut down the clinic, power plant supplying electricity to the school, and all the gates.

The decision to embark on the indefinite strike was reached by the staff at the Temporary Campus of the school in Kurutie which our reporter witnessed on Monday.

The resolution endorsed by all members of the staff was signed by Comrades Oweikeye Pathfinder Endoro and Moses Yabrade.

However, Dr. Alfred Mulade, Registrar of the Institution,  had issued a statement denying strike by the staff, warning that the FG policy of “No Work No Pay” applies to the school.

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