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The Non-Academic Staff Union of Educational and Associated Institutions, Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, Ogun State branch has embarked on a seven days strike.
The union accused the management of attacking and harassing its members.
The union revealed this on Tuesday, October following a statement it received from the management on Monday, over the strike action .
According to the union, the management, under the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Felix Salako, has been blackmailing, denting and attacking the image of NASU for having the gut to challenge its various illegalities and unconstitutional actions.
In a statement titled “victimization : FUNAAB Management and it’s Shenanigans”, the union expressed its grievances over the allegations .
The statement read partly, , “the leadership of NASU-FUNAAB has received a press release of the University Management of Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB) dated October 23, 2022 signed by the University Registrar – Dr. ‘Bola Adekola with surprise.
“This is inspite of the shameful and non-executive acts of University Management under the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. F.K. Salako.The Union finds it difficult to believe that in view of clear facts and figures indicting the Management for various un-executive acts likes: Undue interference in NASU affairs; Instigation of staff/members against the Union and its leadership; victimization, stepping-down of promotion and denial of career progression of member; Arbitrary arrest and detention of NASU member; Suspension of four (4) members of NASU.
“Undue Interference In NASU Affairs: It is an undisputable fact that goes beyond the act of manipulation in the usual character of FUNAAB Management that a competent Court of jurisdiction (National Industrial Court, Ibadan) under the Lordship of Justice J.D. Peters delivered a judgement on the above subject matter in favour of NASU on May 5, 2022 between NASU and Governing Council of Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta and Prof. Felix Salako (Vice-Chancellor), Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta and it was reaffirmed on July 5, 2022 in a suit No.: NICNIB/71/2021.”
Speaking on how the management instigated staff against the union and Its leadership, it stated, “more importantly, various instigating statement by the Vice-Chancellor at the various statutory meetings – blackmailing, denting and attacking image of NASU for having the gut to challenge its various illegalities and unconstitutional actions like coercing our members to sign undertaking not to join and opted out of NASU.
“Immediately IPPIS was introduced having collected salaries from the Federal Government on their behalf for nothing less than two (2) to three (3) years but treating them as contract staff with token amount of Twenty-Seven Thousand Naira (N27, 000.00) monthly.
“As if that was not enough he quickly issued appointment letters for these categories of staff on November 4th and 5th 2019 and have those letters backdated to July 31st 2017.
“Evidence abounds on these illegalities of which the University Management opts out to show its shenanigan to NASU and its leadership.”
Also speaking on Victimization, Stepping-down of Promotion and Denial of Career Progression of Members in the institution, it stated, “There is no doubt about the fact that Mr. I.O. Odunjo is a member and one of the best University Administrators that FUNAAB possesses; he is a Principal Assistant Registrar in the University with eight year experience on the level with two
different M.Sc. Degrees in communication Studies and Public Administration.
Mr. Odunjo is also a member of various Professional Bodies like Association of
Nigeria University Professional Administration (ANUPA), Nigeria Institute of Management (NIM) and more importantly, London Academic for Higher Education Knowledge Exchange Club. He has been on this particular level for the past eight years and had gone for promotional interview under the Chairmanship of the ViceChancellor – Prof. F.K. Salako twice who at various times vowed that over his dead
body would Mr. I.O. Odunjo move upward from the level in which he is as the
Principal Assistant Registrar.
“He could not have been promoted by his sworn enemy, however brilliant and hardworking he is. The only offence of Mr. Odunjo is having the gut to tell the Vice-Chancellor point blank in 2019 that the responsibility of the Vice-Chancellor did not include, NASU Chairmanship when he said the present Chairman and members of the Executives of the Branch must not be picked to lead the Branch (FUNAAB) by National Secretariat of the Union even after their appointment, the University Management still insisted that the set of members appointed as the Caretaker Committee of the Union should be changed through a letter signed by the same present University Registrar, Dr.
‘Bola Adekola on April 1, 2019.
“It was since 2019 that Mr. I.O. Odunjo who is one of the National Executive Council (NEC) member of NASU, energetic, hardworking, honest, simple and easy going but firm staff now becomes a threat to the University Management under the leadership
of Prof. F.K. Salako who at one time or the other at the early stage of the present administration described Mr. I.O. Odunjo as an asset to the University peace, progress and development before the University Community. Here is a University Administrator and Unionist who at one time or the other under its Chairmanship of the branch was highly commended along with NASU by the highest decision-making of the University, the Governing Council under the Chairmanship of Dr. Aboki Zhawa
for responsible and responsive unionism in a letter by the immediate past Acting Registrar, Dr. (Mrs.) Onwuka L. and also by the present Executive Secretary of the National University Commission – Prof. AbdulRasheed Abubakar. It is therefore disheartened, unethical, self-indicting and unprofessional for the present Registrar, Dr. ‘Bola Adekola, to result to Pull Him Down (PHD) of his subordinate.”
The union however stated that, the Vice-Chancellor has turned the University at one time or the other into a military zone himself as the garrison commander bullying, harassing, victimizing and embarrassing especially NASU members without recourse to the University rules and regulations.
“The whole case is like Vice-Chancellor being the accuser, prosecutor as well as the judge but still the Management denied the Union of all the necessary documents pertaining to the investigation panel set-up.
“The worst of it all, the management
refused to respond to various correspondences sent by the Union which led to the Union withdrawing from such Kangaroo panel.
” Nevertheless, the Management went and misled the Governing Council which came up with multiple punishments which the Union rejected up till date.
“The above shenanigans, lawlessness and impunity FUNAAB management sees its affair being interfered with by the Management trying to dictate who becomes who, how, when and it also sound uncivilized for any Management to jettison its rules and regulations and resort to area boys approach by getting its staff locked up and detained without recourse to the university due process on staff discipline.
“The Management”s shenanigan attitudes and lies cannot deter NASU-FUNAAB members from embarking on a 7-day strike to press home its demands as directed by the Union National headquarters.
” In fact, the strike has already commenced and is in full force following its formal declaration in a well-attended congress today October, 24 2022 in the university despite various kinds of intimidations from the management.
“It therefore commended its leadership and members “for its pro-activeness
to defend and save the downtrodden and workers from the hand of NASU oppressor, lawless Vice-Chancellor and FUNAAB garrison commander – Prof. F.K.Salako.
” while reaffirming our loyalty and commitment to the National leadership led by the President – Dr. (Barr.) Makolo Hassan and our indefatigable National General Secretary – Com. Prince Peters Adeyemi.”
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