EKSU didn’t follow due process in staff sack – SSANU

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The national leadership of the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU) has alleged that due process was not followed in the sack of between 600 and 800 staff members of the Ekiti State University (EKSU).

It also alleged the Governing Council of the university of victimisation.

In a statement issued by SSANU spokesperson, Mr Abdussobur Salaam said that the union’s appriasal of the situation at the Ekiti State government owned school showed these.

“We note that whereas other universities and organisations are using the December/yuletide period to provide relief packages and end of year bonuses to their workers, the administration of the Ekiti State University has chosen to use this period to order the termination of appointments of that large number of workers for unfathomable and unfortunate reasons,” the statement sent to EduCeleb.com on Saturday read in part.

“From information available to us, the procedure for the termination of the appointments of these staff did not follow standard and laid down processes as provided for in the University rule books and as obtainable from best practices all over the world. To wit, no investigation committees, no staff audit or verification committees were formed. The staff were never invited to make themselves available to present their credentials or state their cases before any competent Management or Council Committee. The Council rather relied on the report of a Consultant hired for that purpose, to terminate the appointments of these workers.”

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“It is also worthy to note that these staff, some of whom have been in the service of the University for decades and have risen to the pinnacle of their careers, were employed through the due processes of advertisements, application, shortlisting, interviews and approval by Council as required by law. Not a few of them have been confirmed and even promoted subsequently.”

The union called for the reinstatement of the sacked persons while calling on Governor Kayode Fayemi to intervene in the controversy.

“The recent happenings at Ekiti State University calls for the concern of all stakeholders within and outside the system. The National leadership of SSANU calls for the immediate reinstatement of these workers whose process of sack is incongruous with due process. We also invite the Ekiti State Governor, Dr. Fayemi to intervene in a brewing matter which portends grave dangers for industrial peace not only in the University but in the entire State and by extension, the entire University system.”

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