ABU’s Senior Staff Union Pulls Out Of National Strike

FILE PHOTO: Students leaving school premises after a crisis.

The Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) chapter of Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities Union (SSANU) has pulled out of a four-month national strike.

The decision to suspend the strike was taken on Tuesday after the congress held at the union secretariat in the main campus of the University.

Members of the union were directed to resume work immediately marking an end to the strike which was embarked upon by the union since December 2017.

The Union’s Branch chairman, Ilyas Abdulrauf Bello after the Congress said the national strike had lost direction and focus, hence the decision of the chapter’s congress to pull out and resume work.

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“The union embarked on the strike action on December 4, 2017. This is the fourth month and up till now, the strike has lost direction, it has lost focus. The government is not inviting the union, most universities are in session, academic activities are in progress. We felt the best we could do is to call on our members to resume work immediately.

“This idea was muted by the congress and it was unanimously adopted. On this note the SSANU members have been directed by the congress of SSANU, Ahmadu Bello University chapter to resume work with immediate effect,” he said.

Bello also lamented that, continuing with strike where academic activities are going on smoothly and the striking workers getting their salaries regularly was meaningless.

The SSANU members also expressed anger over the purported expulsion of their chapter chairman and resolved that, the letter of expulsion issued to their chairman, Ilyas Abdulrauf Bello was null, void and of no effect.

The association said that, the constitution of the the union was not followed in the purported expulsion, adding that, the national body of the union does not have the power to expel any official or member of the local chapter.

The Chairman also disclosed that, the congress of the ABU chapter also expelled some erring members upon their failure to appear before its disciplinary committee after their initial suspension.

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