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OAU Workers Protest Unpaid Allowances Since 2013

Posted: Jul 3, 2015 at 7:48 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Gbenga Faturoti, Osogbo


?Workers of Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife, Osun State, yesterday staged a protest over the non-payment of their hazard allowance approved by the federal government since 2013.

The workers, who are members of the Non-Academic Staff Union (NASU), barricaded the entrance to the institution, preventing vehicular movement in and out of the university.

Chairman of the union, Wole Odewumi, explained that government had approved the entitlements for all universities since February 1, 201, and some universities had effected the payment of the money to their workers but OAU has refused comply with the directive.

“The union has sent several letters to the management and the governing council, appealing to them for an amicable settlement and implementation of allowances.?

“It had been suggested that the university management like other counterparts should source funds from its IGR and other funds that had accrued to the university, as other universities had done.?

“The federal government directed that the universities should effect the payment of the money to members as loans pending the time the government will refund the money to institutions,” he said.

?He explained that the over N2.8 billion the university management decided to put away in two banks at Osogbo for over one year is a serious source of worry to the workforce of the university, because, according to him, part of the money could have been used in settling part of the allowance.?

?Odewumi appealed to the university’s management to implement the earned allowances and pay the accrued arrears without further delay, in order to avert an industrial dispute and make sure that OAU is not made a springboard among other universities for violent agitation over the issue.

Daily Independent’s efforts to speak the university’s Public Relations Officer, Abiodun Olarewaju, proved abortive.