The National Secretariat of Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU) has suspended the association?s Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) branch for alleged gross misconduct, insubordination and indiscipline.

The suspension order was conveyed in a letter, a copy of which was made available to the media on Tuesday, and addressed to the OAU branch chairman, A.O. Oketunde.

It said the decision to suspend the branch was reached at the emergency meeting of SSANU?s National Administrative Committee (NAC) held at the association?s National Secretariat in Abuja on Aug. 15, 2012.

“After deliberating on the face-off between the OAU management and the SSANU OAU branch, it was observed that the latter?s executive body has violated Article 23 sub (i) of our constitution,” the union said.

“The article stipulates that, subject to any statutory law, members of the union shall not take part in any strike or in any way withhold their services from their employers without the express approval of National Executive Council (NEC) and members of the Union as determined by a majority of votes of the members in a secret ballot.

“The Executive Committee of SSANU OAU branch exhibited a flagrant disobedience to the constituted authority of the National President acting on behalf of NEC, when it refused to attend, on invitation, the briefing of a NAC Committee on August 5, 2012.”

SSANU said the response of the OAU branch of the association to the query “was a clear act of insubordination to the National President and, by necessary extension, the union.”

The union said that following the allegation of gross misconduct, all activities of its OAU branch were therefore suspended forthwith and till further notice.

It also directed that all properties of SSANU within and outside the university should be vested in the National Secretariat of the association.

It equally suspended the branch?s executive committee and asked it to hand over to the National Vice President (West) all the body?s properties in its possession.

The national secretariat said this should be within seven days from the date of the receipt of the letter, pending further action by NEC.

The association, through the NAC, requested the university Vice Chancellor to use his good office to withhold the branch?s check-off dues till further notice.

It also urged him to ensure the security of the SSANU branch secretariat and properties in the university during the period of suspension.

It will be recalled that SSANU OAU branch had embarked on a strike asking for payment parity with its ASUU counterpart.

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