- The Non-Academic Staff Union of The Polytechnic, Ibadan, has staged protest over their salary arrears
- The chairman of the union, Ibrahim Akande, said NASU had embarked on indefinite industrial action since Monday, January 14
- Ibrahim Akande said union is agitating for eight-month salary arrears owed by the government since 2017
The Non-Academic Staff Union of The Polytechnic, Ibadan, Oyo state on Tuesday, January 21, embarked on a peaceful protest over their salary arrears.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the protest disrupted both academic and administrative activities on the institution’s campus as the entrance gates were locked.
The reports further claimed that there was traffic snarl in front of the institution on the Sango – Eleyele road as workers, students and visitors were locked out by the striking union.
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The chairman of the union, Ibrahim Akande, said NASU had embarked on indefinite industrial action since January 14 and had yet to receive the attention of the school’s management and the government.
Akande said: “We are agitating for eight-month salary arrears owed us by the government since 2017. We have held a series of meetings with the management and Oyo State Government, all to no avail.
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“So, we are agitating for our right; we have shut down the institution because there is nothing we can do than to go on strike.
''We are staging a peaceful protest and there will be a press conference at the NLC secretariat today (Tuesday).”
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that Oyo state government were given a seven-day ultimatum by the state trade unions to pay all outstanding arrears of the workers or they will resume their suspended industrial action on January 14.
Joint Action Committee includes the Oyo state chapters of Non-academic staff union, Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Polytechnics, Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics, Colleges of Education Academic Staff Union and the Senior Staff Union of Colleges of Education, Nigeria.
The news outlet also reported that the six institutions represented include: The Polytechnic, Ibadan; Emmanuel Alayande College of Education, Oyo; Oyo state College of Agriculture and Technology, Igboora; The Ibarapa Polytechnic, Eruwa; The Oke-Ogun Polytechnic, Saki; and College of Education, Lanlate.
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