Senior Staff Association of Nigeria Universities, SSANU, has urged the federal government to fully implement the 2009 FGN/SSANU agreement in order to maintain the existing industrial peace.
A member of the union, Mr. Sydney Enyindeh, at a news conference in Abuja, yesterday, to express his desire to contest for the position of national president, reaffirmed the commitment of the national leadership of the union to the pursuit of the welfare of its members and the entire university system and appealed to the government to fulfill its own part of the 2009 agreement to avoid industrial crisis.
“It should respect the terms of the 2009 FGN/SSANU agreement and constitute a re-negotiation committee on the 2009 agreement which expired since 2012,” he said.
Contesting under the banner of SSANU Redemption Group, the aspirant said the full payment should include all outstanding arrears of earned allowances.
He noted that the redemption group was borne out of genuine desire to refocus and rebuild the union and also rescue it from its current downward slide and low rating among members and in the comity of unions.
The group also pledged to restore SSANU back to the envious height attained under previous vibrant leaders.
“We shall seek to restore the glorious era by taking proactive measures at all times and ensure that welfare of our members shall be pursued with vigour. Never again shall our members in the branches be abandoned to their fate because an injury to one remains an injury to all,‘‘ he added.
We also request that the federal government consider its position on the ownership of university staff schools and appealed to the Governing Council of Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba-Akoko, to recall 19 members of SSANU that were sacked on December 14, 2012.
Another aspirant vying for the position of National Vice-President, East, Mr. Oliver Nwagwu, said he would implement the manifesto of the Redemption Group if elected, promising to deliver the dividends of unionism in terms of welfare, care, protection and other benefits due to the members.
Similarly, an aspirant for the post of National Public Relations officer, Mrs. Nonyi Aboribo, told journalists that the group consists of people that can be trusted, appealing to members to trust and support them for the betterment of all.
“I hate people who cut concerns; they joined the union because they want to make money out of it, but this group is made up of people who are dedicated to serve and not to be served; they are ready to work for their members,’’ she added.
Meanwhile, officials of the union are expected to emerge at the 2015 National Delegates Conference slated between November 9-13.

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