ASUU Divided Over Choice Of New OAU VC

OAU, OAU VC, ASUUThe Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU in the Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) are now divided as controversies continue over the selection and consequent announcement of a new vice chancellor for the university.

The division follows a recent statement by the chairman of the union in the university, Dr Caleb Aborisade, allegedly declaring the support of ASUU for the process leading to the announcement of a new vice chancellor for the university.

‎The pronouncement by Dr Caleb Aborisade, allegedly stating that the selection process for the new vice chancellor for the university was free, fair, and credible drew the anger of some members of the union.

They gathered under the umbrella of ‘Concerned ASUU Members’ stating that the chairman of the union did not state the position of ASUU in the university.

However, the chairman of ASUU of the university, Dr. Aborisade, when contacted declined to speak on camera stating that the union could not have taken a stand on the legality or otherwise of the process as none of the aggrieved candidates has approached it with their grievances.

Meanwhile, members of the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU) and the Non-Academic Staff Union (NASU) have continued their protests against the selection process and the consequent announcement of Professor Ayobami Salami as the new Vice Chancellor of the institution.

They called on the Federal Government to set up a panel of inquiry to look into allegation of fund mismanagement by the outgoing vice chancellor of the institution, Professor Bamitale Omole.

The tenure of the incumbent Vice Chancellor of the institution, ends on June 23.

Our Struggle Is For Workers Sacked In 1994 – PHCN Union

A member of the Senior Staff Association of PHCN, Owen Anyanwu, on Friday said that the group’s grouse with the Federal Government is based on the unlawful disengagement of 271 workers, during the Abacha regime.

Our concerns are founded on the “disengagement of 271 workers sacked during the tail end of the Abacha regime,” he said on Sunrise Daily, adding that, “they were sacked without benefits and clear recourse to the rules and regulations governing the employment of the state workers.”

Asked why the Goodluck administration has to bear the brunt of the said injustice, Mr Anyanwu said “Management is a continuum. Since that issue has not been resolved, we keep on pushing it from one regime to the other.

Since this is a democratic setting, we asked the government to look into it.

However, the Jonathan led government is not the first democratic government since the Abacha regime. To this, Mr Anyanwu explained the reason for the association’s actions stating that a legal battle to ensure vindication took 13 years.

“We went to court actually and that took about 13 years,” he said adding that “we secured victory at the Federal High Court in Lagos, victory at the Federal Court Of Appeal in Lagos, victory at Minna High Court, victory at Federal Court of Appeal in Abuja, victory at Federal High Court in Kaduna.”

He added that the judges confirmed that the disengagement wasn’t done through the normal process and rendered it null and void noting that the situation was compounded by internal rancor.

The PHCN association has been having regular communication with the affected workers

The Labour Minister, Emeka Wogu, has however told the association that “something will be done,” but Mr Ayanwu raised concerns that the official handover of the power company to private investors would bring their case to a dead-end.

National Hospital Workers Embark On Indefinite Strike

Health workers at the National Hospital, Abuja have embarked on an indefinite industrial action after their three-day warning strike ended on Wednesday night.

However, the health workers made up of the Senior Staff Association, National Association of Nigerian Nurses and Midwives and Medical and Health Workers Union of Nigeria are meeting with the hospital management to resolve the crisis.

The Spokesman for the Hospital, Dr. Tayo Haastrup told Channels Television that the striking workers will also meet with representatives of the Ministry of Health led by the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Ms. Fatima Bamidele.

The workers’ demands include the full implementation of the National Hospital condition of service, the training guidelines submitted to the hospital management in 2010 be adopted as training policy for the hospital, the re-establishment of a staff clinic to cater for the healthcare needs of staff and their dependants, and that the medical bill refund to the staff hitherto suspended should be restored.

Dr. Haastrup explained that measures are being taken to address the demands of the workers.

He added that patients in critical condition in the hospital are receiving treatment despite the industrial action.