Academic and other activities at the Ekiti State University, Ado-Ekiti, have been paralysed following the strike embarked upon by workers’ unions in the institution to press for payment of their outstanding salaries..

The unions embarked on the strike yesterday, complaining about the non-payment of their of their outstanding salaries. The workers, under the aegis of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU), Non-Academic Staff Union (NASU) and National Association of Academic Technologists (NAAT), vowed not to return to work until their outstanding wages were paid.

Part of their grouse was the failure of government to offer any explanation for the non-payment of their January and February salaries.

The EKSU-ASUU Chairman, Olufayo Oluodo, said the academic staff had no option than to stay away from work because non-payment of their salaries has made life difficult for them.

Oluodo said: “Our members have no money again to be moving up and down; we are being owed two months and we have not been paid at all this year.

“We have made our position known to the university authorities and we have written to the state government on the matter.

“We have met with the deputy governor to resolve the matter and another meeting with government has been slated for tomorrow.”

SSANU Chairman, Kolawole Falade, and NASU Chairman, Tope Akanni, said they are also going on an indefinite strike to press home their demand for the payment of the two-month arrears of their salaries.

They called on the authorities concerned to ensure the payment of their salaries to make life easy for them and their dependants.

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