The Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, has condemned the ongoing mass recruitment of academic and non-academic staff at the Bayero University Kano, BUK.
The ASUU BUK chapter, in a letter dated July 7 and addressed to the Vice-Chancellor of the university, alleged that the recruitment process lacks transparency, “as there was no level playing ground for candidates to freely compete for the available vacancies”.
In the letter obtained by DAILY NIGERIAN on Wednesday, the union further alleged that the process lacks application of ‘due process’ as enshrined in the ‘Appointment and Promotion Guidelines’ of the university.
The ASUU added that the recruitment exercise had also violated guidelines for COVID-19 lockdown, which prohibits public gatherings.
According to the union, the process was marred by mal-practices as letters of appointment were backdated as far back as February, 2019, saying, “this raised credibility issues around the supposedly hurried recruitment”.
“Most of the academic staff recruited during the exercise were enrolled on IPPIS at a place outside the university which clearly violated the position of ASUU on IPPIS enrollment and at the same time sent a bad signal to the general public.
“The union therefore requests for comprehensive data associated with the recruitment process for further scrutiny of the exercise,” part of the letter reads.
In the letter, ASUU, however, disclosed that the ASUU-BUK Strike Coordinating Committee, SCC, met on June 28 and received a report on the interaction between its leadership and the VC.
It added that after intensive deliberations, it discovered implications of the recruitment on its struggles and the University’s system.
Part of the implications, according to the letter, was that the recruitment of staff without following due process is tantamount to erosion of academic standard and violation of the BUK’s autonomy which was fought and won by ASUU.
The union noted that the university was facing the danger of non-adherence to the committee system of employment, noting that, “this will invariably lead to recruitment of unqualified candidates”.
“Patronage and favouritism at the expense of meritocracy and competence may come to stay in our university if abuse of due process is entrenched.
“Staff recruited through this type of exercise may not have the passion for the job, respect for the laid down rules, regulations and commitment to the development of the university,” the letter said.
The letter continued, “in view of the foregoing, SCC resolves to condemn in strongest terms, the untimely recruitment exercise due to lack of transparency and non-adherence to the die process as enshrined in the Appointment and Promotion Guidelines of the Bayero University, Kano”.
The union, therefore, called on the management of the institution to desist from what it described as flagrant abuses of due process in appointments, insisting on the adherence to committee system on appointment of staff provided in the Appointment and Promotion Guidelines of the university.
The union, therefore, gave the VC a seven-day ultimatum to provide the data of the recruitment exercise to the union.