- Former Kwara state governor, Alhaji Abdulfatah Ahmed, has been accused of propagating falsehood
- The accusation was made by the Committee of Unions in Tertiary Institutions (CUTI) in the state
- The former governor had, in a recent statement, claimed he was not owing salaries to any worker in the state at the time he left power
A group of teachers in Kwara state Colleges of Education under the aegis of Committee of Unions in Tertiary Institutions (CUTI), has faulted the claim of former Governor Abdulfatahi Ahmed that his administration did not owe any workers in the state.
Comrade Imam Abdulkadir, chairman of CUTI, said in a statement sent to journalists on Thursday, January 16, that the claim by ex-governor Ahmed was false.
According to him, the former governor left at least seven months of unpaid salaries amounting to N750million to the teachers across the colleges.
Part of the statement read: “The state-owned tertiary institutions were owed seven months’ salaries to the tune of seven hundred and fifty million naira.
“Equally, the policy of the immediate past administration to commercialise education in the state impacted negatively on both the staff and students of the institutions.
“It would be recalled that failure of the immediate past administration to pay salaries of the state Colleges of Education and CAILS led to the industrial action embarked upon by the institutions three months to the expiration of the Governor Ahmed’s administration.
“Despite the industrial disharmony between the Unions and the then government, the said 7 months subventions and accreditation funds were not released to the Colleges until Governor Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq assumed office.”
The group stated that Governor Abdulrazaq has presently released accreditation funds to all the state-owned tertiary institutions.
It also revealed that the governor has also absorbed staffers of Demonstration schools of the Colleges, claiming they were owed 37-month salaries by the Ahmed administration.
Meanwhile, the president of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Biodun Ogunyemi, has dismissed some media reports suggesting that President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered the stoppage of salaries of lecturers who failed to register on the Integrated Payment and Personnel Information System (IPPIS).
“At no point during the meeting did President Muhammadu Buhari put a closure to the ongoing discussion on ASUU’s preference for the University Transparency and Accountability Solution (UTAS) or directed that the salaries of ASUU members to be stopped for failure to enrol on IPPIS,” Ogunyemi said.
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