ASUU strike: Ekiti varsity bans staff union activities in institution

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Management of the state-owned Bamidele Olumilua University of Science and Technology (BOUESTI), Ikere Ekiti has proscribed all teaching and non-teaching staff unions in the institution.

Acting Registrar, B.S. Momoh, who announced the decision, Friday, explained that ‘the step was necessary as the unions, through their actions, were distracting the university from its development vision and mission.’

Momoh, in a memo to the university community, titled; ‘Proscription of staff unions in BOUESTI,’ listed the affected bodies as; the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU), and Non-Academic Staff Union of Universities (NASU).

He described the situation in the university ‘one day one trouble’ since June 2, when the unions protested activities of the instruction’s Governing Council.

“The management views these acts as unbecoming of and unexpected of responsible staff members hiding under the guise of union activism.

“BOUESTI, being a new university, certainly does not need these distractions if it must develop properly to fulfill the vision and mission for which it was established. It has, therefore, become imperative to ensure that irresponsible acts like these are avoided in our university.

“After a review of the incidents and in line with the directive of Ekiti State Governor and Visitor to the university, the three trade unions in BOUESTI – ASUU, SSANU and NASU are hereby proscribed with immediate effect.

“Members of staff are hereby enjoined to go about their normal duties without fear and desist from getting involved in unlawful activities,” Momoh stated.

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