Osun Lecturers Protest 18 Months Unpaid Salaries
Students in three government-owned higher institutions in Osun State are on their way back to their respective homes as their lecturers have paralysed academic activities.
The lecturers on Friday declared the immediate commencement of an indefinite strike action.
The decision according to them is over 18 months of outstanding salaries and other entitlements owed by the Osun State government.
The three institutions involved are: Osun State Polytechnic in Iree, Osun State College of Technology in Esa-Oke and Osun State College of Education in Ila Orangun.
Jacob Adegbite, who is the spokesperson for the Academic Staff Unions of Polytechnics (ASUP) in all the institutions said the strike was necessary to make the state government act.
“We also required that our promotion exercise should be conducted and the financial implication implemented up to date.
"With all these issues not resolved, the Congress, therefore, resolved to embark on indefinite strike action.”
When Bounce News visited the Osun State Polytechnic in Iree on Friday, students were seen discussing the strike action in groups.
Those who spoke with our correspondent appealed to both parties to find a lasting solution to the problem.
Most of the students put the blame on Governor Rauf Aregbesola’administration’s failure to pay salaries.
One of such student is a 200 level student simply identified as Olukemi, said the lecturers should not be blamed for the strike.
"For us as students, we would rather pitch our tents with the lecturers because they are also parents and have their own children and other responsibilities to take care of''.
The state government has, however, blamed the lecturers.
The state Commissioner for Information and Strategy Lani Baderinwa said they had held a meeting with the workers and there was no need for the strike action.
He said: “The government is yet to be aware of any strike going on in any of its establishment as I speak. I believe that they won’t do what is not right. I do not think it will be right to go on strike when we just discussed and agreed on certain things.
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