The new Chairman of the University of Ilorin Chapter of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Dr. AbdulRasheed Adeoye, has told the University management to urgently address what he called “the 22 main welfare issues” for members of the Union in order to ensure continued peace on the University campus.
Dr. Adeoye, who made the demand last Tuesday (February 11, 2014), when he led members of his Executive Committee on a courtesy visit to the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. AbdulGaniyu Ambali, said the issues included those bordering on salary differentials, criteria for promotion, separation of promotion from appointment and clear definition of residency clauses.
The Chairman also demanded honorarium for level advisers, whom he said have had to do so much with the computation of students’ results.
Dr. Adeoye warned that he and his colleagues “are not ‘mumu’ Executive Committee members but a group of well-informed individuals committed to the welfare of our members and the smooth running of the University.”
The Chairman, however, stressed that the present Executive Committee would not blackmail the management, pointing out that the Union would be honest and give constructive criticism.
Dr. Adeoye commended the Vice-Chancellor’s leadership style that places a high premium on staff welfare. He however urged the Vice-Chancellor to do more.
In his response, the Vice-Chancellor congratulated the new ASUU Executive Committee members and reminded them of their huge responsibility. He said that as a member of the Union, he is fully behind the new Executive Committee.
Prof. Ambali said, “As Vice-Chancellor, I am here to serve everyone. I listen to and dialogue with people. I am very much committed to dialogue. Your demands show that you are not “mumu” Executive Committee as some people have insinuated. I am for your welfare because it is part of my responsibilities.
Salary differences would be addressed and we will not pay our staff less than their counterparts elsewhere.”
The Vice-Chancellor explained that plans are already in motion to review the University’s conditions of service and promotion guidelines. He assured the Union that every grey area would be finetuned.
Prof. Ambali stressed that the on-going upgrade of classrooms, Laboratories, provision of adequate security to ensure the safety of life and property, as well as timely payment of salary and entitlements are all part of his welfare package. He reminded the Union to make case for professors to have their current step bar extended.
Other members of the new Executive Committee that visited the Vice-Chancellor were Dr Ajibade Lanre Tajudeen (Vice-Chairman), Dr. Balogun Patrick Olajide (Secretary General), Dr. (Mrs.) Lewu Mary (Financial Secretary), Dr. (Mrs.) Ibrahim Binta Fatima (Asst. General Secretary), Dr. Abubakar Sadiq Kasum (Treasurer) and Dr. U.A. Raheem (Auditor).
Also in attendance was the immediate past Chairman, Prof. ‘Wahab Egbewole.
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