- OAU staff unions are protesting over non-payment of their allowances
- According to the protesting unions, the management has been unfair to the staff of the institution over salary deduction and other irregularities
- The unions also demanded a full implementation of a 2004 agreement the management signed with them
Members of the Senior Staff Association of Nigeria Universities (SSANU) and Non Academic Staff Union (NASU) of the Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), on Monday, May 6, protested the non-payment of their allowances.
The unions staged their protest at motion ground, a place very close to the university Senate building to demand their payment, Premium Times reports.
Academic activities that connected with the use of laboratory on the campus were stalled during the duration of the protest.
The unions said they are using the protest to make the public aware of the injustice of the school’s management to staff of the institution.
Among their demands also was that there must be a full implementation of a 2004 agreement the university had with the unions.
Oketunde Ademola, OAU SSANU chairman, also added that one of the irregularities of the management included the 7.5% deduction of staff salary.
He said the unions want the “illegal deduction of 7.5% of staff salary” to stop and full implementation of the “earned allowance” agreement that was reached in 2004.
“We are in this struggle because there is fraud and we are protesting against it. We have complained to the federal government.
"We have written to the EFCC, nothing has been done. We have also written to the director of State Security Service (SSS), nothing has been done. We have written to many agencies. It is even beyond the issue of earned allowance. If they implement earned allowance today, we want (the) government to set up a very powerful panel to investigate OAU," he said.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng earlier reported that the authorities of OAU, Ile-Ife, confirmed the release of a lecturer, Professor Olayinka Adegbehingbe, who was kidnapped by unidentified gunmen on the evening of Sunday, May 5.
It was reported that the public relations officer of the university, Abiodun Olanrewaju, confirmed that the professor had regained his freedom.
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