PLASU management suspends SSANU leaders
The management of Plateau State University (PLASU), Bokkos has suspended the Chairman and Secretary of the institution’s chapter of the Senior Staff Association of Nigeria Universities (SSANU), Messrs Timnan Rimdap and Dusu Sambo Yaro for insubordination.
The suspension letters dated January 27 and signed by the university’s Registrar, Mr. Amos Mallo, indicated that the suspension was for three months during which they would receive only half of their basic salaries.
Timnan is the Head of the ICT unit, while Yaro is in the academic planning unit.
The letters barred them from entering the university’s premises during the period “except with the express permission of the Vice-Chancellor, Registrar or Acting Chief Security Officer”.
The officers were directed to hand over their duties and Identity Cards to the most senior officers in their departments.
A copy of Timnan’s suspension letter indicated that he was fired after management felt dissatisfied with his response to queries bordering on SSANU issues and alleged absence from duty.
The letter accused him of “insubordination, lack of respect to constituted authority and attempting to tarnish the image of the university through falsehood and misrepresentation of facts”.
Reacting to his suspension, Timnan expressed shock over management’s action, and wondered why he would be suspended without any prior warning, as stipulated in the university’s conditions of service.
He said that the suspension was a “gross violation of our rights to freedom of association,” opined that the intention was to intimidate members of SSANU”.