Lecturers of the Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago – Iwoye, Monday marched through the mini and main campuses of the institution, protesting the irregular payment of their salaries, allowances and poor funding by the Ogun State government.
The lecturers who began the protest march by 10:15am at the Mini campus in their hundreds, proceeded to the permanent site, a distance of about seven kilometres, saying for three years running, their salaries are irregular.
Protesting under the aegis of the Academic Staff Union of Universities(ASUU) OOU branch, they said members would stay away from classes indefinitely with effect from Monday pending when the authority takes definite steps to address their grievances.
The Chairman of the OOU branch of the Academic Staff Union of Universities, Dr. Deji Agboola, accused the management of insensitivity to their plights and appealed to Governor Ibikunle Amosun to put the salaries of the OOU lecturers as one of his priorities.
Agboola said: “in the last three years, salaries have been irregular. This unfortunate trend has persisted, thus making our members irresponsible and unable to meet their socio-personal and financial obligations. It is embarrassing that our wards at university-run institutions like OOU staff school and OOU international school are sent home for non-payment of fees.
“This has no doubt embarrassed and ridiculed our members some of whom cannot even pay their rents and meet other basic needs. This situation, the union feels, is capable of exposing our members to the temptation of unethical practices. It is ironic that the university currently waging war against such unethical practices could be failing in discharging its primary responsibility of paying the salaries of its workers knowing full well that this is the main source of income they depend on.
“While we are mindful of the implication of any action that may cripple the university’s tight calendar, at the same time we can no longer condone an insensitive and harsh working condition that would be injurious to our members’ productivity. We are tired of working for two months and receiving one month salary. Our members have affirmed that they have been deprived the opportunity to come to work as salaries are not paid.”
At the permanent site, they presented a letter of grievance to the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Saburi Adesanya, for onward transmission to Amosun.
Also, the Zonal Coordinator of ASUU, Dr. Adesola Nasir, rued that the state government had failed to develop infrastructure in the institution and assured the lecturers that of the support of the ASUU national secretariat.
However, the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Saburi Adesanya, pleaded with them not to shun classes, saying the management of the institution had started working on measures to correct the anomalies in the payment of salaries.
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