"Lecturers will not have money to fuel their cars to School" - EKSU lecturers threaten strike over 15-month salary arrears

THE Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Ekiti State University (EKSU), Ado-Ekiti chapter, has said it will not hesitate to embark on strike if the modulated payment of salaries of its members and cut in the monthly subvention continue.

It lamented that the reduction in the subvention and modulated payment of salaries of its members in the last 15-months had affected the running of academic activities.

ASUU Chairman and Secretary Dr. Kayode Arogundade and Dr. Daniel Ogunwale, addressing reporters in Ado-Ekiti yesterday, said some of their members had died because they could not afford proper feeding due to unpaid salaries occasioned by persistent cut in the university’s subvention by the government.

The union decried underfunding of the state-owned institution, saying the situation had affected the university in the last few years to deliver on its mandate as well as compete favourably with other state-owned universities.

It lamented that members of staff had been placed on half salaries in the last 15 months despite the sack of 1, 172 workers last December, thereby making life unbearable for workers.

ASUU accused Governor Kayode Fayemi of paying lip service to funding of EKSU, saying the institution had continued to struggle to pay its wage bill totalling N452million, with a monthly subvention of N260million.

Reacting to the allegation, the Special Adviser to the Governor, Dr. Sikiru Eniola, described it as “spurious and tissue of lies”.

He said the government under the leadership of Governor Fayemi had done well in funding of the university by paying the monthly subvention regularly.

He said when the Academic Staff Union of Universities General strike is over, they may begin another strike as most of their members would not have money to fuel their cars to come to school.

Eniola said the current government inherited the unpaid subvention of five months being owed the institution, adding that the government had cleared most of the debts left by the former administration.

He said although the state had been doing its best in funding the institution, the outbreak of the Coronavirus pandemic truncated the decision of the Fayemi-led administration to increase the subvention from N260million to N300million.

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