OOU Lecturers Protest non-payment of Salary Arrears
Angry lecturers of Olabisi Onabanjo University, under the aegis of Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) took to protests over failure of the state government to pay their salary arrears for 16 months.
They lamented an alleged poor funding of the university and the state of infrastructure in the institution, insisting that most of its buildings and laboratories were dilapidated and the university also lack equipment for practicals, The Guardian reports.
They have threatened an indefinite strike after their Congress scheduled to hold this week.
According to ASUU, the strike will be “total, comprehensive and indefinite, it shall remain in force until the State government takes concrete and sustainable steps to address their demands”.
The protesters began their demonstration at the University’s mini-campus, Ago-Iwoye at about 12 noon and took their protest outside the university gate moving in procession along the Ita-Merin-Igan road areas to sensitize the students and residents of the community on their plight and planned strike action.
Armed with placards and a large banner, the lecturers chanted solidarity songs, condemning the attitude of the State government towards the institution as well as their welfare.
Inscriptions on some of the placards read, “Governor Amosun should properly fund OOU. It is a statutory responsibility,
‘Funding OOU should be made a first line charge. It is the first among equals’, ‘Depending on IGR to fund OOU is an act of gross irresponsibility on the part of government.”