Don’t re­sume, non-aca­demic staff warn Uni Jos stu­dents

Sunday Trust - - NEWS - From Dick­son S. Adama, Jos

Non-aca­demic staff of the Univer­sity of Jos have warned par­ents against al­low­ing their chil­dren who were re­cently given ad­mis­sion to re­sume.

The na­tional union of nonaca­demic staff has been on strike for some months, but the univer­sity man­age­ment asked the new in­takes, through me­dia ad­ver­tise­ment, to re­sume and com­mence reg­is­tra­tion.

It was gath­ered that the univer­sity in­tends to com­mis­sion some peo­ple to register the stu­dents.

Fol­low­ing that devel­op­ment, the union held an emer­gency meet­ing, where they vowed to re­sist the ac­tion, say­ing such amounts to tak­ing over their jobs. Speak­ing with news­men on be­half of the staff, Sec­re­tary of the Se­nior Staff As­so­ci­a­tion of Nige­rian Uni­ver­si­ties, Univer­sity of Jos branch, An­thony Joro, said in the process of re­sist­ing the at­tempt to use out­siders to per­form their du­ties, there could be fric­tion and it could af­fect the stu­dents.

“This par­tic­u­lar meet­ing com­bined the three unions that form the non-teach­ing staff of the Univer­sity of Jos. One of the ma­jor agenda at the meet­ing is that re­cently the univer­sity man­age­ment pub­li­cized that the newly ad­mit­ted stu­dents should come and com­mence reg­is­tra­tion, be­gin­ning from March 5, 2018. And ba­si­cally, the re­spon­si­bil­ity or onus of the process of reg­is­tra­tion for the new in­takes and even the con­tin­u­ing stu­dents rests on the non-teach­ing staff. The aca­demic of­fice peo­ple are all non-teach­ing staff. The stu­dent af­fairs staff are non-teach­ing staff, apart from the head, who is the Dean. The hos­tels are manned and su­per­vised by non-teach­ing staff. Equally, the health cen­ters are manned by the non-teach­ing staff.

“All those places men­tioned are parts of the ar­eas the stu­dents must go through dur­ing reg­is­tra­tion. So, the union is now say­ing that if we are on strike, why should the univer­sity go ahead and an­nounce the com­mence­ment of reg­is­tra­tion? That is why we think it is an in­di­rect way of tak­ing our jobs. They are ei­ther try­ing to com­mis­sion some peo­ple out­side to do the job or ask the sis­ter union, the teach­ing/aca­demic staff union, to do it. But re­gard­less of who­ever they want to use, we are telling the man­age­ment that we will re­sist such at­tempt.

“That is why we are warn­ing the stu­dents not to come and com­mence the reg­is­tra­tion, be­cause in the event of a face-off be­tween the non-teach­ing staff and any­one com­mis­sioned to do the job, the stu­dents could be af­fected. Be­sides, such fric­tion in Jos could gen­er­ally spark wide­spread vi­o­lence. Par­ents are se­ri­ously warned against al­low­ing their chil­dren to come for reg­is­tra­tion,” he said.

Re­gard­ing the strike, he said the union and the gov­ern­ment reached an agree­ment in 2009, but that till date, gov­ern­ment is yet to keep its side of the bar­gain.

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