Chairman of the Sokoine University of Agriculture Council, Hon. Retired Chief Justice Mohamed Chande Othman has commended the management for continuing to implement various directives from the President of the United Republic of Tanzania, Her Excellency, Samia Suluhu Hassan who directed each Government Institution to form a Staff Council, something that SUA have already implemented.
He offered the congratulations on Friday, June 18, 2021, while opening the 122nd meeting of the Sokoine University of Agriculture Staff General Council held in the Tanga region at the VETA hall.
In his speech, he noted that the purpose of the Staff Council, as it is known, is to provide an opportunity for employees, through their representatives, to discuss various issues related to increasing productivity, efficiency, and interests of employees, so it is good for such meetings of the Staff Council to be used to discuss productive issues that enhance performance and achieve the goals and plans of the university including the interests of the Staff.
He went on to say that it is not always possible to talk about good governance in the workplace without the involvement of staff and that the involvement of staff is effective where there are active staff councils
He stressed that the existence of Staff Councils is an opportunity for building bridges between the management and staff and it helps to create an environment to enable both parties to communicate easily.
Hon. Chande concluded his speech by thanking the President of the United Republic of Tanzania, Hon. Samia Suluhu Hassan for trusting him and re-appointing him to continue as Chairman of the Sokoine University of Agriculture Council for a second term.
“The role and responsibility entrusted to me by the President of the United Republic of Tanzania to lead the Council of one of the largest and best universities in our country and in Africa are very huge to me so I am confident that in collaboration with all stakeholders including the Staff Council we will fulfill our responsibilities effectively and SUA will continue to do well and take even greater steps,” said Hon. Chande
Initially speaking while welcoming Hon. Chande, Vice Chancellor of Sokoine University of Agriculture (SUA) Professor Raphael T. Chibunda thanked him for setting aside his time to attend the meeting despite the many responsibilities he has.
Professor Chibunda also on behalf of the entire SUA Management congratulated Hon. Chande for re-appointment for a second term by Her Excellency, President Samia Suluhu Hassan to continue as Chairman of the University Council.
"Your appointment is a clear indication that you are a noble servant full of ethics, we congratulate you for being trusted again and re-appointed to continue as Chairman of SUA Council and we promise to give you cooperation in implementing your responsibilities,” said Prof. Chibunda
In his speech, Prof. Chibunda said that SUA Management has been ensuring that all Staff Council meetings are held as scheduled in the university Almanac (i.e., Quarterly)
He said that along with other issues in those meetings, Management provides information on the various issues including long-term claims of employees, and in this financial year, 2020/2021, Management is grateful to the Government and the Council for facilitating the payment of the debts that the employees were claiming.
Professor Chibunda concluded his speech by thanking and congratulating all SUA staff explaining that despite many challenges in their working environment, still their efforts and knowledge have been instrumental in enabling SUA to carry out its responsibilities effectively and making great steps in various academic and research fields.