– ASUU has condemned Governor Nasir El-Rufai over the sacking of some lecturers of Kaduna State University (KASU)
– El-Rufai had on Wednesday, June 2, dismissed 16 lecturers and two non-academic staff for participating in a protest
– The chairman of the union, Peter Adamu, described Governor El-Rufai’s action as callous and inhumane
Following the sacking of 16 lecturers of Kaduna State University (KASU) by Governor Nasir El-Rufai for participating in a protest organised by the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC), the institution’s Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has reacted.
Daily Nigerian reports that Governor El-Rufai also relieved two non-academic staff of the university of their jobs.
Legit.ng gathered that the 18 staff were sacked for participating in the NLC’s five-day warning strike in the state between May 17 and May 19.
Peter Adamu, the chairman of the union, who stated this in a statement in Kaduna on Monday, June 7, described the action as illegal, Vanguard also reports.
Adamu said that the illegal attempt to dismiss the 18 staff contravened the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between the labour union and the Kaduna state government on May 20.
He said the MoU explicitly states that no worker shall be victimised for participating in the industrial action, adding that the purported sack was a “gross violation” of the MoU by the Kaduna state government.
According to him, the sack was announced by the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Muhammad Tanko, during the 16th congregation of the KASU, held on June 2.
“Evidence of the purported action by the university is also contained in a Memo (KASU/REG/061/VOL 1/446) from the university management to Gov. Nasir El-Rufai, through the commissioner for education and dated May 20.
“However, the 18 affected members of staff neither received queries nor faced any disciplinary committee, as claimed by the university management in the memo. The claim is false and baseless with no evidence to show.”
Adamu further stated that the memo by the vice-chancellor also mandated the office of the accountant general of Kaduna state, to stop remitting the check-off dues of the union.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that Governor Simon Bako Lalong of Plateau state disengaged no fewer than 532 civil servants whose records are questionable from the service.
It was reported that Lalong also pledged to rid the civil service of members of staff who have questionable records or are found to have tampered with their records.
He added that over 532 members of staff whose records are questionable have so far been removed from the state’s payroll after an investigation using the BVN system.