VICE-Chancellor, Delta State University, DELSU, Abraka, Prof. Victor Peretomode, has said that one of the factors to maintain and sustain a stable academic calender in Nigerian varsities was the need for a healthy and cordial relationship between institutions’ management and various unions in the schools.
Peretomode made this known at the 58th Western Zonal Executive Council meeting at the Senate Chamber, DELSU, hosted by the DELSU-SSANU chapter. The VC represented by Deputy-Vice Chancellor, Administration, Prof. (Mrs.) Rose Aziza, assured SSANU-DELSU of the management’s desire to partner with them and other unions for a collective goal of making the institution have a stable academic calender.
His words “For stable academic activities to thrive in any institution, there must be industrial harmony between management and the various unions in the varsity. Based on this, we want to assure you that the varsity would continue to partner with you and other unions to ensure that DELSU becomes a model for other universities across the country.”
In his welcome address, Chairman, Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities, Delta State University (DELSU), Abraka, SSANU-DELSU chapter, Comrade Izu Monday, who called for zero tolerance on corruption among SSANU members, frowned at incessant face off between unions and institutions management that have resulted in unpleasant reports.
“ Corruption is a hydra headed and contagious phenomenon that has negative implications for national development. One of its victim remains the education sector . And as such, there is need to frontally confront corruption and its agents in the university system.
“SSANU leaders at all tiers must abhor corruption; we must not be seen to be mismanaging, misappropriating and embezzling the unions’s scarce resources, bearing in mind that the money we manage are sourced from the hard earned salaries of our fellow workers.”
On the face-off between management of universities and SSANU members, Com. Monday expressed regrets that in recent times the news and social media replete with reports on industrial crises between SSANU branches and their various Managements and Councils have regrettably recorded arraignment of management staff in law Courts, arrest by the dreaded Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, suspension of vice-chancellors, temporary but painful sack of SSANU members among others He hinted that this acrimonious situation could be avoided for the good of the university, if vice-chancellors of universities began to recognize and accept what he described as the ‘sacred fact’ that the non-teaching staff are bonafide stakeholders in the system, and they (non-teaching staff) must be treated as such.
Monday maintained that “ We are not second class citizens, neither have we committed any offence, for not being lecturers. We have made our choice of career by which we are contributing to the training of students for national development.
“ Yes, non-teaching staff may not teach and conduct research, but the indisputable truth is that, they are the wheels and rails upon which the university runs. We should, therefore, be respected and not relegated, and peace will be assured in the Nigerian Ivory Towers.”