The Governor of Ogun State, Ibikunle Amosun, bowed to pressure of striking lecturers at the state-owned Olabisi Onabanjo University (OOU), Ago Iwoye, ordered to pay them one-month salary arrears.
The decision was announced on March 20, 2014, Thursday, three days after the OOU lecturers, backed by the ASUU chapter at the institution, embarked on an indefinite strike.
However, Amosun’s administration noted that it inherited a huge debt from the immediate past state government, adding that it had, however, prioritised payment of salary arrears.
Since its assumption of power in 2011, the government had reportedly committed about N1 billion to pay the accrued allowances inherited from their predecessors.
The state government assured that all the other arrears of other unions would be paid without delay, notwithstanding the dwindling funds from the Federation Account and Internally Generated Revenue.