A national delegation of the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU) on Friday, February 6, 2015 paid a courtesy call on senior non-teaching staff members of the Federal University Oye-Ekiti. The delegates said they came to discuss readiness of FUOYE senior staff to join the national association.

The leader of the delegation was National Vice-President of the South-West Zone of the Union, Mr. Alfred Jimoh, who in his opening address, thanked the senior staff members who had gathered for the interactive session and appreciated their attendance given the short notice that preceded the forum. He reminded the staff present that freedom of association as entrenched in the Nigerian constitution gave them the power to choose which association to belong to.

Mr. Jimoh pointed out that SSANU existed to create a work environment that is harmonious, peaceful and productive for members. He further stated that SSANU, as a union represented authority, integrity, and comprised of a group that shaped and molded the activities of the university. In his words, “There is a need for both staff and management to work for peaceful co-existence if any meaningful progress is to take place. We adopt a dialogue and collective bargaining approach to address the welfare of our members”.

On qualifications for membership, the Vice-President stated that the constitution guiding the establishment of the union and its operations in any university provides for a minimum number of fifty (50) senior non-academic staff members, who must constantly meet up with their financial obligation to the union. According to him, this financial obligation amounted to 2% of the basic monthly salary of any interested member, which must be deducted from source. 

Mr Jimoh said that the union would intensify efforts in engaging in dialogue and discussions with management of FUOYE with a view to bringing about a lasting solution to the recent staff faceoff.

He finally urged the senior members of staff to use their best efforts to ensure that they contributed to the development of the young university.

Other members in the delegation included SSANU Chairman of Ladoke Akintola University Ogbomosho, Comrade Sukapi Anam, SSANU South-West Zonal Treasurer, Comrade Fashola from Obafemi Awolowo University, SSANU Vice Chairman, University of Ibadan, Comrade Barrister Akinremi, SSANU Vice-

Chairman, Ekiti State University, Comrade Asiwaju Falade, SSANU Public Relations Officer, Ekiti State University, Comrade Olusola Obatikun and SSANU Scribe, Ekiti State University, Comrade Afolabi Olukola.