Six tertiary Institutions owned by the Oyo state government have threatened to embark on indefinite strike except if the state government pays the over 10months salaries they are being owed.
This warning came immediately after resolution of the conflict in the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Ogbomoso.
The representatives of the institutions have disclosed that their agitation is not just about the unpaid salaries but it is also about the “inadequate” subventions being given to them by the state government.
The decision was taken in a joint meeting over the weekend by the staff unions of the affected institutions who are ready suspend their services on or before November 2, 2017, if the state government do not pay all debt being owed and also return to the payment of complete salary.
Both teaching and non-teaching staff of the institutions are complaining over the irregular payment of salaries which has resulted in their inability to properly feed their individual families.
The excos of the staff union of the affected institutions have come together to sign a statement regarding the issue. The names of the affected institutions are The Polytechnic, Ibadan, Emmanuel Alayande College of Education, Oyo, Oyo State College of Agriculture and Technology, The Ibarapa Polytechnic, Eruwa, The Oke-Ogun Polytechnic, Saki, and College of Education, Lanlate.
Commenting on the issue, Professor Adeniyi Olowofela, Oyo state Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, stated that even as the state is ready to assist tertiary institutions, the state is also worried about the financial strength of all institutions in order to avoid waste of finance.
The commissioner said the state is aware that the 25 percent subvention being given to the institutions is not enough to maintain the institutions, but that it cannot be increased until the conclusion of the auditing of the state-owned tertiary institutions which is being carried on.
Meanwhile, Olowofela has denied the accusation of irregularity in the payment of subventions to the schools. He said Polytechnic Ibadan, The Oke-Ogun Polytechnic and The Ibarapa Polytechnic, Eruwa received a complete salary in March, contrary to the information that all the institutions are being owed 15 months salaries.