Academic staff in the four tertiary institutions owned by Osun State government have embarked on an indefinite strike to press home their demands on certain matters including retirement age and pension.

The strike by the workers yesterday grounded academic activities at the Osun State Polytechnic, Osun State College of Technoilogy, Osun State Colleges of Education in Ila-Oragun and that of Ilesa, Daily Trust gathered.

The lecturers had earlier embarked on two day a week warning strike for three consecutive weeks before declaring the indefinite strike.

The lecturers are demanding among other things, the elongation of service of academic staff from 60 to 65years, insisting that most tertiary institutions have given approval to that effect and are complying with it.

But the state governor, Rauf Aregbesola, described the demand as unreasonable in an economy where over 60 per cent of Nigerian youths are unemployed. He said only the state lawmakers can make the change in the elongation of service year through legislation.

They are also demanding the remittance of their contributory pension allowance, maintaining thatsince February 2012, when the scheme was adopted in the state, their 7.5 per cent contributory pension has not been paid to them by the state government whereas it is being deducted. CLICK HERE TO READ FULL DETAILS

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