There are rumors going rounds that the Governing Council of the Adeniran Ogunsanya College of Education (AOCOED) may sack the leadership of the Senior Staff Union of Colleges of Education in Nigeria (SSUCOEN), on Monday.
The Nation through its source gathered that the decision to sack the union leaders was taken during the Council’s disciplinary committee held at Friday.
The Nation also learnt that the announcement will affect some of the SSUCOED-AOCOED leaders which I include, the chairman Comrade Wunmi Ombugadu, her secretary and assistant secretary Messrs. Afis Adebayo and Afolabi Oladipo respectively, for failing to appear before the Council’s disciplinary panel over an alleged misconduct.
It would be recalled that Sometimes ago, some members of SSUCOEN were posted to certain designations within the college but the leadership of the union advices them not to report to such posting. The directive of the union led to the aforementioned trio being given a query twice to appear before the Council’s disciplinary panel, a directive SSUCOEN leadership flaunted.
Rumour of the Council’s resolutions filtered through the 62 year-old institution weekend, and was being discussed by workers within and outside campus in hushed tones.
According to source within the Council who informed our reporter that during the weekend meeting, the Council exhausted all options of punishment as embedded in the college Condition of Service, ranging from outright dismissal, stagnation, compulsory retirement, and termination of appointment, among others, but eventually opted for compulsory retirement for the union leaders.
On Monday last week , in what looked like a offensive move, SSUCOEN rose from an emergency congress and declared an indefinite strike over what it described as victimisation of its leadership by both management and Council. The following day, (Tuesday), despite the drizzle, SSUCOEN members blocked the entrance gate of the institution, preventing vehicular movement. The union insisted their colleagues would not heed a circular issued by management a day earlier, warning SSUCOEN members of the implication of shunning duties.
In her reaction however, Ombugadu confirmed the rumour to The Nation, saying that the affected members, herself inclusive, are prepared to receive their sack letters.
“We are very much aware (of the rumours) and we are prepared,” Ombugadu noted yesterday.
Ombugadu vows that SSUCOEN would not budge to management’s alleged intimidation and oppression of its leadership.
“The plan (by Council) was hatched in order to break the strike, but we remain undaunted. We shall quickly summon our members tomorrow (today) to intimidate them of update and ask them to prepare for struggle,” Ombugadu added.
However, Ombugadu said following the query, the national vice president of the union and the Lagos State Chairman of the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) visited the management on a peace mission, appealing that management stay action on the scheduled meeting of the union leader with the Council’s disciplinary panel scheduled last Friday.
Nonetheless, another source who pleaded not to be mentioned because of the sensitive nature of the matter, blamed both the union and the Council over the matter.