From: MAGNUS EZE, Abuja
The Registrar of University of Abuja, Mrs. Rifkatu Hoshen Swanta and 21 others have been suspended indefinitely by the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU) for alleged anti-union activities.
This came as the Union held a rally at the university protesting alleged corrupt practices by some members of the management and the sacking of two of its members by the Governing Council for whistle blowing.
The suspension letter titled, “Suspension of some SSANU members in University of Abuja”, dated 12th April, 2017, which was addressed to the Vice Chancellor accused the suspended members of holding illegal congress.
It asked the university management to henceforth stop any remittance of check-off dues of the affected members to the union.
The letter signed by SSANU Deputy National President, Mr. Moses Aogo, said that the decision was taken by the National Administrative Council (NAC) at its meeting held on April 11, 2017 after a thorough consideration of the report of anti-union activities brought against them .
The union further urged the University management to ensure that “all the illegal actions taken by the suspended members such as locking of the SSANU secretariat, forging of the union’s letter headed paper to open Bank Accounts etc are reversed with immediate effect.
“In the interest of industrial peace, management should also ensure the security of all lives and property of SSANU members on the campus.”
It reiterated that the only leadership of SSANU recognised by the national body in the University of Abuja is the Jude Nwabueze-led executive committee.
SSANU’s protest rally at the main campus of UNIABUJA, on Wednesday, was nearly disrupted by hoodlums allegedly hired by the university authorities.