Vice-Chancellor, University of Jos, Professor Seddi Sebastian Maimako, has inaugurated a Committee on Staff Audit of Messengers and Cleaners, and a Transition Implementation Committee on Cleaning Services in the University.
While inaugurating the Committees, the Vice-Chancellor said the University had outsourced the services of both categories of Staff in the University, and that Management had noticed that they were being paid a little below the Minimum Wage, since their re-engagement.
Professor Maimako said Management had discussed on the issues arising from complaints from these categories of Staff and observed that there had not been any improvement on their welfare, and that the services they were rendering to the University was not commensurate to their wages.
The Vice-Chancellor disclosed that Management had agreed with their employers, the UnijosConsultancy Services Ltd, to re-absorb this category of Staff into the University’s mainstream, with a view to improving their welfare.
Management, therefore, constituted the Committee on Staff Audit of Messengers and Cleaners to be chaired by Mallam Hassan Wuyo, Deputy Registrar, Junior Staff Establishment. Other members of the Committee are MrVincent Moven, MrIdi Innocent, MrMike Ogiji and Mrs. Beatrice Dakas, who would serve as Secretary.
The Committee’s Terms of Reference is to obtain the list of all Contract Staff (Messengers and Cleaners), conduct physical verification of the staff through their letters of appointment and deployment, evidences of the original Certificates, ascertain those who are already on pension and to make appropriate recommendations.
The Transition Implementation Committee on Cleaning Services would be chaired by Dr. Daniel Freeman of the University Health Services. Other members of the Committee are Mr. Mark Dadah, Mr Anthony Gunok, Mr. Sunday Damilep, Mrs. Virginia Onoja, while Mr. Mark Kparmark would serve as Secretary.
The Committee’s Terms of References are to identify all cleaning locations in the university, to liaise with all cleaning Contractors, to identify all operational challenges, to evaluate the current management of cleaning services in the University, to arrange for a full hand over of the cleaning services to University Health Services by the end of September, 2018, and to make appropriate recommendations.
The Committee on Staff Audit of Messengers and Cleaners and the Transition Implementation Committee on Cleaning Services were given two and four weeks respectively to submit their reports from the day of their inauguration.
Director, Physical Facilities, Arc.(Mrs.) Halima Auta, appreciated Management for reposing confidence in the University’s internal mechanisms to manage its cleaning services. She said with the new development, they would concentrate on their core mandate of construction, building, rehabilitation and supervision of all University’s infrastructure.
Also speaking, Director of Health Services, Dr. Benedict Mairiga, thanked Management for the timely decision which he said was in line with global best practices. He assured the vice-Chancellor that the two Committees would work assiduously to make the assignments achievable on schedule.