The Academic staff union of Universities (ASUU) of Tai Solarin University of education commence an indefinite strike due to the unpaid arrears been owed by the state Ogun state Government over the last 15 months
Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) Tai Solarin University of Education (TASUED), Ijagun, Ogun State has served Governor Ibikunle Amosun notice to pay over 2billion subvention owed the institution over the last 15 months. The union warned that government’s continued default could disrupt the peace being experienced on in the first university of education in the nation’s history.
In a briefing at ASUU TASUED secretariat on Tuesday, the chairman of the union Dr. Bayo Adesanya announced that Ogun State government has defaulted TASUED 15 months subventions, adding that the development has affected the smooth running of the institution.
Adesanya lamented that series of meeting with governor Amosun, and other officials of government and the state Ministry of Education has not yielded any results. Adesanya put the current wage bill of TASUED at N175million, noting that by government’s subvention policy of paying 70 per cent, Amosun administration owes TASUED about N2billion for 15 months.
He said: “The efforts made to government to release subventions to TASUED in the past 15 months have not been positive. “It is clear that the system will be grounded if this continues as the administration cannot be allowed to face the real assignment of teaching, research and community service, but struggling on how to raise cash to address its needs.
The situation has made the administration to seek for funds from every available source. He continued: ‘’the payment of salary to staff in the university has taken a worrisome dimension. The administration of the university has become incapacitated in meeting her obligations of salary payment to university staff. Since January, 2016 the university administration could not promptly pay salaries to the staff.’’
Adesanya explained that workers are owed several arrears of entitlements such as CONUASS, and hazard allowance. The Earned Academic Allowance which was embedded in ASUU-FG agreement since 2009 is yet to be implemented too, Adesanya added.
In Ogun State, it can be clearly stated that what is budgeted is not even released; yet government takes pride in these institutions not funded by it. Staff morale is dampened, commitment is reducing as their rights aredenied having worked for the system,
Adesanya lamented Adesanya’s vice Dr Rotimi Ettu and Secretary Dr Damilola Adejoye described the briefing as a notice to Governor Amosun todo the needful. The duo appealed to stakeholders particularly in Ogun State to prevail Ogun State government to give TASUED workers their dues, hoping that such prompt intervention would not truncate the atmosphere of peace the university has enjoyed for years.
Credit HAWWAL AYOMIDE DAMILAR