Saraki's wife running FUO without due process

Workers in the Federal University, Otuoke, (FUO),

Bayelsa State, have accused the institution’s

Pro-Chancellor and Chairperson of the Governing

Council, Gbemisola Saraki of running the

university like a personal business without due


The workers under the Joint Action Committee

(JAC) of the university, comprising the Academic

Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), the Senior

Staff Association of Nigerian Universities

(SSANU), the National Association of Academic

Technologists (NAAT) and Non-Academic Staff

Union (NASU) faulted Saraki’s leadership style.

They alleged that Saraki failed to receive a

report of a properly-constituted Committee on

Staff Verification established to look into the

issues of staff welfare, promotions and salary


The committee, which was also mandated to

verify tax remittances, pension remission,

statutory allowances, confirmation of

appointment, was said to have submitted its

report to the Governing Council.

According to the workers instead of Saraki to

work on the report of the committee, she

abandoned it and unilaterally set up a separate

Ad-Hoc Committee to consider staff welfare and


Saraki’s ad-hoc committee was also asked to

probe the protest that occurred in the institution

on May 23, 2017.

The workers in a communique issued last

weekend after the end of their emergency

meeting held at the ASUU Secretariat Complex of

the university, rejected the new ad-hoc


They insisted on knowing the outcome of the

first committee.

The document was signed by Chairman, ASUU,

Dr. Joseph Omoro; Chairman, SSANU, Kalizibe

Joseph; Chairman, NAAT, Ama Uduma and

Chairman, NASU, Bestman Egba.

They further said that the pro-chancellor was

conducting the meeting of the institution’s

governing council in Abuja instead of FUO.

They threatened to shut down the university if

after 21 days ultimatum, with effect from Friday,

June 23, 2017, the council failed to address all

the issues raised in the communique.

The communique said: ”Members of the unions

demand the immediate release and

implementation of the verification report. In this

way, staff complaints, staff issues and staff

welfare will be resolved and subsequent fallouts

can then be addressed.

”We, therefore, wish to state that the constitution

of another Governing Council Ad-Hoc Committee

on staff complaints, staff issues and staff

welfare is completely unacceptable and is,

therefore, rejected.

”That the failure to release and implement the

original reports on staff verification undermines

the integrity of the council and breaches the

trust between council and unions.

”We forbid any member of the four unions from

participating in the activities of the Ad-hoc

committee either as a member or as a


”The Pro-Chancellor should be reminded that the

council is constituted on the basis of

representation to include internal and external

members of the university community, hence the

decision of the council should be collective.”

The workers argued that the establishment of

the ad-hoc committee was deliberately

conceived and designed to create industrial

unrest in the university.

They accused Saraki of making herself a

”demigod” and failing to move the university

forward through collaborations and interactions

and with stakeholders.

The workers appealed to the council to carry out

an assessment tour and audit of all projects in

the university from 2011 to date.

They lamented that the audit was necessary

because of the number of abandoned projects in

the institution, which had become a source of

worry and concern to them.

They also demanded the immediate constitution

of the Central Appraisal and Promotions

Committee (CAPC) to conclude all outstanding

promotions, upgrades and proper placement of

both teaching and non-teaching staff of the


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