The management of the Federal University of Technology, Akure (FUTA) in Ondo State yesterday recalled 23 suspended union leaders.
They were suspended for allegedly disrupting the peace of the institution.
For months now, the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Adebiyi Daramola and the union leaders, who are mainly non-teaching staff, have been at loggerheads.
The aggrieved unions called for Daramola’s sack, following allegations of financial mismanagement.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) invited the VC for questioning. He was released on the same day.
This instigated a protest by the union members, who insisted Daramola would not resume.
The suspended workers are leaders of the Senior Staff Association of Nigeria Universities (SSANU), National Association of Academic Technologists (NAAT) and Non Academic Staff Union of Universities (NASU).
The Council was said to have taken the decision to lift the suspension and order the payment of October and November salaries to the affected workers as part of the efforts to find a lasting solution to the crisis.
A statement by the Head of Information Unit, Adegbenro Adebanjo, said the embattled union leaders have been asked to start work immediately.
He noted that the management had set up a committee to look into the crisis.
The statement said copies of the recall letters were signed by the Registrar, Mrs. Modupe Ajayi. (The Nation)