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Unpaid salary: Ekiti State University loses three staff

•ASUU urges Fayose  to take action on arrears

Three workers of Ekiti State University (EKSU) died in one week due to hardship occasioned by unpaid salaries, the local branch of the Academic Staff Union Universities (ASUU) has said.

The union claimed that four workers died in the last two months in similar circumstances.

ASUU Chairman Prof. Olufayo Olu-Olu, who addressed reporters at the weekend, urged the government to pay the seven-month arrears owed EKSU workers.

The union leader said ASUU was crying out to refute the claim on the state radio and television by Governor Ayo Fayose that his administration was not owing.

Olu-Olu said: “The situation at EKSU is very pathetic because three of our workers died in the last one week while four of our workers died in the last two months.

“When people start dying like that, we have to take action because things are going out of hand. Our College of Medicine students have been here in the past eight years without graduation because there was no accreditation.”

He regretted that although ASUU wrote to Fayose in August, urging him to take action on the arrears his administration owed EKSU workers, the governor had done nothing to alleviate the suffering of workers.

The ASUU chief said the union had taken the sorry case of EKSU workers to traditional rulers, including the Chancellor and Alara of Aramoko, Oba Adegoke Adeyemi and Founder of Afe Babalola University in Ado-Ekiti (ABUAD), Aare Afe Babalola (SAN).

He added that ASUU also reached out to the Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of Council, Mr. Dele Adesina (SAN).

Olu-Olu said the situation was compounded by massive recruitment of workers without corresponding increase in subvention.

According to him, EKSU’s monthly wage bill oscillates between N450 million and N455 million, but the monthly subvention has been reduced by the Fayose administration to N130 million, from N260 million.

He added: “It is undoubtedly expected that a state as ours, which exists to manage poverty, should watch its spending, especially in this period of economic recession, but the situation at EKSU is different.

“Different game players within and outside the ivory tower have been overloading the ‘EKSU ship’ to a point that all have started expressing fear of a ‘shipwreck’ comparable to none ever witnessed before.

“Within the last one year or so, the number of additional workers has almost caught up with total number of employees since inception without any increment in budget allocation to the institution.”



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