ASUU strike update – Some students of Ekiti State University (EKSU), Ado Ekiti, have appealed to the Academic Staff Union of University (ASUU) and the university authorities to resolve the lingering industrial crisis in the institution.
Some of the students told Newsmen on Monday in Ado Ekiti that they were uncomfortable as the strike had entered the third month.
The university lecturers embarked on an indefinite strike at the end of December 2017, on issues bothering on improved staff welfare and under-funding.
The Chairman of ASUU in the university, Prof. Olufayo Olu, said the strike was embarked upon as a result of unpaid salaries and poor funding by the state government. Olu said that only N260 million was being released as monthly subvention to the institution as against about N500 million required.
According to him, efforts made by the unions to make the state government understand the financial position of the institution and the need to be pro-active about it did not yield positive result.
“For instance, our several demands for increased subvention to the university and improved welfare of workers have always been treated with disdain. “As I speak with you, we have not received “Academic Allowances’’ for six years. “The management, at a time paid some of us that of 2011 to 2014 by borrowing N200 million from bank. “I do not know how others will get theirs with this paucity of fund. “The university currently has a wage bill of N455 million, so there is little we can do with a paltry sum of N260 million monthly subvention from the government.
“Our university has not got any of such subventions for some months. As a result, the university has always been borrowing to pay net salary. “To further compound our situation, within the last one year, the total number of additional workers has almost caught up with total number of employees of the institution since its inception in 1982. “This is without increase in budgetary allocation to the institution. “The consequences of poor funding and such unregulated employment have contributed largely to irregular payment of salaries, poor research, and poor learning environment. “Other consequences are increased health casualties, epileptic power supply, inability to pass accreditation, staff and students’ increased agitations, among others.’’
About the ASUU strike update, he said ASUU and other unions of the university would not return to work until all the demands were met.
Reacting, the Vice-Chancellor of the university, Prof. Samuel Oye-Bandele, said the management was not losing sight of the plight of the students. Oye-Bandele gave an assurance that everything humanly possible was being done to bringing the strike to an end.
ASUU strike update. Source: Vanguard