The Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU) has been inaugurated in Akwa Ibom State University, AKSU.
The Union has Mr. Akaninyene Ibanga as Chairman; Mr. Emmanuel Eyo Okon, Vice Chairman; Mrs. Blessing Dennis, Secretary and Mrs. Dinah G. Ekanem, Treasurer. Others are Mr. Gabriel Ekanem Otu, Assistant Secretary; Mr. Gabriel M. Onoyom, Financial Secretary; Mr. Nsisong Nyong, Public Relations Officer. Mrs. Nse Inyang (JP)serves as Women Leader; Mr. Uduakobong Otu is the Trustee while Mr. Benjamin Onobo is an Ex-Officio.
Led by the Association’s National Officers, to pay a courtesy visit on the Management of the University, the new branch executive were reminded of the Union’s role of serving as a platform which will help the University Management to relate with staff effectively.
In his speech, the Vice-Chancellor Prof. Eno Ibanga disclosed that SSANU is one of the organized union in the university which he presented to government for formal recognition when he assumed office as the Vice-Chancellor. He urged them to sensitize their members against indulging in unruly activities such as lateness and absenteeism which will impede the growth and progress of the university.
The Vice-Chancellor lauded the National Executive of SSANU for their visit to the university and asked them to educate the branch officers on the tenets and rubrics of unionism.
Speaking, the Registrar of the university, Mr. Samuel Udoekong said unions in the university exist as part of Management to represent the interest of the university community. He told them to be law abiding and promote discipline in the university.
Earlier, the National Vice President East of the Association, Comrade Dr. Leku Ador said the National body delighted that the struggle for the official recognition of unions in AKSU was over. He said SSANU believes in dialogue and negotiation with management in solving any problem. The National Vice President East stressed that unions do not pitch against management or the progress of institutions rather, they struggle to demand from government the support and entitlement that are needful for the development of the university.
In his acceptance speech, The Chairman of SSANU Akwa Ibom State University Branch, Mr. Akaninyene Ibanga commended members of the union for the confidence reposed on him. He promised that his administration will employ all constitutional means including consultation, negotiation and dialogue at his disposal in his relationship with the management of the university. He called on all senior staff in the university to join SSANU to that they can move the Association forward.
The highpoint of the occasion was the presentation of membership consent forms to the Registrar and Bursar of the University.
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