Face-off between Obafemi Awolowo University management and the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities leads to suspension of SSANU OAU branch.
The National Secretariat of Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU) has suspended the Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) branch for alleged gross misconduct, insubordination and indiscipline.
The suspension order was conveyed in a letter dated August 15, 2012 and signed by Promise Adewusi, the association’s National General Secretary.
In the letter, members of SSANU said it has reached a decision to suspend the branch at the emergency meeting of SSANU’s National Administrative Committee (NAC).
The meeting was held at the association’s National Secretariat in Abuja on August 15, 2012.
“After deliberating on the face-off between the OAU management and the SSANU OAU branch, it was observed that the latter’s executive body has violated Article 23 sub (i) of our constitution.
“The article stipulates that, subject to any statutory law, members of the union shall not take part in any strike or in any way withhold their services from their employers without the express approval of National Executive Council (NEC) and members of the Union as determined by a majority of votes of the members in a secret ballot.
“The National Administrative Committee (NAC) of SSANU holds that holding a congress daily without the prior approval of NEC being sought was tantamount to the withholding of services.
“The Executive Committee of SSANU OAU branch exhibited a flagrant disobedience to the constituted authority of the National President, acting on behalf of NEC, when it refused to attend, on invitation, the briefing of a NAC Committee on Aug. 5, 2012.
“The briefing was preparatory to the latter’s meeting with the Association of Vice Chancellors of Nigerian Universities (AVCNU) and refusal to discontinue all forms of industrial action pending the resolution of the dispute,’’ the letter said.
SSANU said the response of the OAU branch of the association to the query “was a clear act of insubordination to the National President and, by necessary extension, the union”.
The SSANU National Secretariat said the action of its OAU branch had contravened Appendix II, Article 2 Sub (i) and 3 sub (i-iii).
“NAC, therefore, sees the conduct of the Branch Executive Committee and Congress as an act of gross misconduct. It is clear that your executive body has failed to provide responsible leadership,” it added.
SSANU said following the allegation of gross misconduct, all activities of its OAU branch were therefore suspended forthwith and till further notice.
It also directed that all properties of SSANU within and outside the university should be vested in the National Secretariat of the association.
It equally suspended the branch’s executive committee and asked it to hand over to the National Vice President (West) all the body’s properties in its possession.
The national secretariat said this should be within seven days from the date of the receipt of the letter, pending further action by NEC.
The association’s national secretariat said this was for information and compliance.
The SSANU OAU branch had embarked on a strike asking for payment parity with its ASUU counterpart.