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Tuesday, 6 December 2016

FUTA recalls 23 suspended union leaders

The management of the Federal University of Technology, Akure (FUTA) in Ondo State yesterday recalled its 23 suspended labour union leaders.
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They were suspended for allegedly disrupting the peace of the institution.

For months now, the Vice-Chancellor of FUTA, Prof. Adebiyi Daramola and the union leaders, who are mainly non-teaching staff have been at loggerahead.

The aggrieved unions were calling for the sack of Daramola following an allegation of financial mismanagement levelled against him.

Already, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has invited the FUTA VC and he was released on same day.

This instigated the protest of the union members who insisted Daramola would not resume on the campus.

The affected unions were leaders of the Senior Staff Association of Nigeria Union (SSANU), the National Association of Academic Technologists (NAAT) and the Non Academic Staff Union of Universities NASU).

The Council was said to have taken the decision to lift the suspension and order the payment of the October and November salaries to the affected workers  as part of the efforts to find a lasting solution to the crisis in the institution.

A statement issued and signed by the Head of Information Unit of the varsity, Mr. Adegbenro Adebanjo said the embattled union leaders are asked to start work immediately.

He noted that  the school authorities had set up a committee to look into the crisis between the labour unions and the Vice Chancellor.

According to the state issued by Adegbnro, copies of the union leaders recall letters was said to have been signed by the FUTA registrar, Mrs. Modupe Ajayi.

The copy of the letter reads, " FUTA has formally carried out the decision of the Governing Council ordering the lifting of the suspension of 23 staff including three union leaders who were recently placed on indefinite suspension.

" The Council decided that the union leaders and other staff suspended should be recalled by the university management and that members of the union should resume work immediately.

"Accordingly, I write on behalf of the Governing Council to recall you and other members of the union who were suspended."

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