The Ekiti State University, Ado Ekiti, , was yesterday, 27th May, 2015 shut down when lecturers and other workers in the institution embark indefinite strike over non payment of three months salaries by the state government.

The workers vowed not to return to work until their March-May salaries were paid. grapevine gathered that, both academic and non-academic activities were paralysed as students were turned back by the aggrieved staff, who shut the two entrances to the institution.

Although the Academic Staff Union of Universities did not participate in the protest, our correspondent learnt the union supported it.

The ASUU Chairman in EKSU, Prof Olufayo Olu-Olu, said the union could not take a lead role in the protest because it had yet to obtain approval from the congress

In an interview with our correspondent, the SSANU Chairman, Comrade Kolawole Falade, said the unions arrived at the decision to embark on a protest at its meeting held on Tuesday.

He said, “The three unions-SSANU, NASU and NAAT-met under the Joint Action Committee on Tuesday and decided to embark on the protest to demand payment of our three months salaries.
“We have also not received our earned allowances from 2012 up till date. We also need a Governing Council of the university.
“There is also need for the State Government to increase the monthly subventions to the university from N260 million because of the College of Medicine.”

The NASU Chairman, Comrade Tope Akanmu, could not be reached on telephone. Calls placed to his line indicated it was switched off.

The workers embarked on the industrial action to compel the embattled Governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Peter Fayose to clear their salary arrears.

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