The leadership and members of the various labor unions in University of Abuja including Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Senior Staff Academic Associations (SSANU), Non Academic Staff union of Universities (NASU) and National Association of Academic Technicians (NAAT) have at their separate congresses held over the weekend, endorsed the election of Professor Michael Umale Adikwu as the vice chancellor of the university of Abuja
The university of Abuja chairman of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Dr. Ben Ugheoke, who broke the news on behalf of the other unions on Saturday, said that the unions had already written the governing council and other relevant authorities conveying their readiness to cooperate and work together with Professor Adikwu in the interest of the university
Meanwhile the leadership of ASUU has denied a report that a group of lecturers have dragged University of Abuja to National Industrial court Abuja over the allegation that the appointment of the third best candidate as the Vice-Chancellor didn’t follow due process.
ASUU insisted that the council did not flout any known law particularly the university Autonomy law in the appointment of Professor Adikwu, as the tradition in the appointment of vice chancellors for the university had always favoured any one of the candidates in the final 3 man list that were submitted to the council.
It added that the council reserved the discretionary right to elect anyone from the final 3 men shortlisted based on merit, irrespective of their positions in the screening exercise.
The union further reminded the public that the said three candidates who initiated the industrial court action namely: Dr Raji Rasheed, Dr Muktar Muhammad and Dr Okoli Ifeanyi, had been expelled from the union and had decided to vent their frustration soon after their cronies did not emerge as vice chancellor.
Another argument the union frowned at is on the issue of the VC not being qualified to lead the university because of his specialization in Pharmacy that is not taught in the university.
They argued that as a progressive university, the course could still be introduced and that in any case it was not part of the provisions of the law. (Leadership)
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