The Vice Chancellor of Plateau State University (PLASU), Bokkos, Prof Doknan Sheni, has admonished both academic and non-academic staff of the institution to freely join any trade union of their choice.
He gave the advice in a press statement issued by the institution’s image-maker, Mr John Agams.
However, the VC’s recent stance might not have been informed by the feud that has been raging between the Institution and SSANU over the suspension of the university’s chapter’s chairman and secretary for alleged misconducts.
Messrs Timnan Rimdap and Dusu Sambo, the interim Chairman and Secretary of the local branch of SSANU, were suspended for three months, in letters signed by its Registrar, Amos Mallo, and dated January 27.
Rimdap is the head of the ICT unit, while Sambo is a staff of the Academic Planning unit.
The letters had hinged the suspension on management’s dissatisfaction with the duo’s responses to queries that bordered on indiscipline and union matters.
Various communications on the issues culminated in the suspension of the officials, who were barred from entering the school unless permitted by the Vice Chancellor, Registrar or Chief Security Officer.
Miffed by the suspension of its members, SSANU’s national headquarters, in a letter dated March 1, 2017, and signed by its National President, Mr Samson Ugwoke, demanded “an unconditional withdrawal of the suspension letters”.