After 16 Kaduna State University (KASU) professors were fired by Governor Nasir El-Rufai for participating in a protest organized by the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), the institution’s Academic Staff Union (ASUU) responded. According to reports, Governor El-Rufai also relieved two non-academic staff from the university’s work.
ASUU’s Kaduna State Chapter opposed Governor Nasir El-Rufai’s dismissal of 16 professors and two non-academic staff from the university. Image source: Nasir El-Rufai. Eighteen staff members were fired for participating in the NLC’s five-day warning strike in the state from May 17-19.
The chairman of the union, Peter Adamu, stated in a statement in Kaduna on Monday, June 7 that the operation was illegal. Adamu said that the illegal attempt to fire 18 employees violated the memorandum of understanding (MoU) signed between the union and the Kaduna state government on May 20. He said that the memorandum of understanding clearly stated that no workers would be harmed by participating in industrial actions, adding that the so-called dismissal was a serious breach of the memorandum of understanding by the Kaduna state government. According to him, the dismissal was announced at the 16th KASU Conference held on June 2 by Professor Mohamed Tenko, the vice president.
“Evidence of the purported action by the university is also contained in a Memo (KASU/REG/061/VOL 1/446) from the university management to Gov. Nasir El-Rufai, through the commissioner for education and dated May 20.
“However, the 18 affected members of staff neither received queries nor faced any disciplinary committee, as claimed by the university management in the memo. The claim is false and baseless with no evidence to show.”
Adamu further stated that the memo by the vice-chancellor also mandated the office of the accountant general of Kaduna state, to stop remitting the check-off dues of the union.