Muhammed emerges SSANU president

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The Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU) has elected Haruna Muhammed as its new president.

This is following its successfully held 2nd Quadrennial National Conference between Monday, 9th and Tuesday, 10th, November, 2020.

Haruna is from Modibbo Adama University of Technology (MAUTECH) , Yola.

The event which saw the emergence of a new set of national executive officers through election was held at the NAF Conference Centre, Kado, Abuja, with the theme “Respecting the sanctity of collective bargaining in a democracy”.

The immediate past president, Samson Ugokwe in his valedictory speech, called on the Federal government to do more in the fight against corruption in the country.

He urged the Federal Government to set up visitation panels to look into problems of federal Universities in the country.

On impunity in the universities by some Management teams, Ugokwe called on the government to stem such occurrence, which had adversely led to crises in the ivory tower and should be looked into as a matter of importance.

On autonomy for the Universities, he said that the union throws its weight behind such, adding that it would help in developing the academic sector.

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“As a union, we express great concern over multiple selection of deputy vice chancellors in the universities. Registrars should not be relegated to the background”, he enthused.

Furthermore, we frown at multiple election of deputy vice chancellors through the creation of DVCs office, in some places about three deputy vice chancellors which has increased the cost of running the Universities. He added, that, yet, we talk about no money to run the universities.
He recommended just one deputy vice Chancellor in the Universities, to assist the vice Chancellor, in the day to day running of the Universities.

On the state of the nation, the two term president frowned at the state of Nigerian roads and asked the government to urgently look into it.

“The Federal Government should declare state of emergency on Nigerian roads and look critically at the level of insecurity in the country”, Ugokwe requested.

Ugokwe told the delegates that the union was negotiating with the government, on behalf of its members on the effect of the fuel subsidy removal and new electricity tariff, which had affected its members.

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Finally, he applauded the Nigerian Labour Congress( NLC) for standing for Nigerian workers, at all times. He ended his speech by thanking his fellow executive officers and members for standing by him throughout his eight years at the helm of affairs. He wished the delegates the best as they choose new set of leaders that would steer the ship of the union for the next four years.

Thereafter, the Chairman, SSANU, Lagos State University (LASU), Comrade Saheed Oseni moved the motion for the adoption of the speech of the outgone president.

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