[Ibadan]–Members of the Non-Academic Staff Union, NASU, National Association of Academic Technologists, NAAT, and Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities,SSANU, chapter of the University of Ibadan, have partially shut the main gate of the institution, and have also resorted to frying beans cake to pressure home their demands.
Notable among the developments which have occurred as a result of the ongoing strike of the unions is the complete outage of power, especially at the Faculties and Halls of residence for over 48 hours now, which has affected other things, among which water is included.
THE PAGE had earlier reported that the unions resolved to go on an indefinite strike after a Congress at Niser park, opposite the institution’s administrative building on Monday, March 13, 2017, to protest shortfall in the payment of salaries and allowances of their members.
It was gathered that while the school management has been seeking to resolve the issue, little or nothing has been done by the management to meet the demands of the Union.
In an interview with the General Secretary of SSANU, University of Ibadan, Mr. Abiodun Olasunbo, by one of the notable student press organizations on campus, Adhzikr Press, he said that the striking unions are interested in knowing how much the University generates internally.
He lamented that while the salary given to their members cannot be said to be enough, the University has always resorted to giving paucity of funds as excuse for the shortfall in salaries.
He acknowledged that while the shortfall occurred from the level of the Federal government, he said that other Universities make use of the internally generated revenue to supplement the salaries from the Federal government, as he asked why the University of Ibadan should be an exception.
“If you look at other Universities, the are able to pay off their staffs’ salaries in full. When we did our investigation, we realized that they also have shortfall from federal government but their University managements are able to augment from the IGR generated. So why should UI be different?”
“We wrote them several times, we had many meetings with them, we did our part before we embarked on this strike of ours”, he said while responding to questions on the measures taken before the commencement of the strike.
He further said that the unions are ready to call off the strike and resume work as usual, as soon as their demands are met.
“Except for the management to heed to our call, because among the issues why we are here is the issue of management reduction of our people’s pension, which is totally illegal”, he added.
It should be noted that while some departments are having lectures, others are not. As of last night, the Students’ Union of the institution, under the leadership of Mr. Ojo ‘Nifemi, led a peaceful protest, warning students not to go to classes today.Please Follow Us @ThePageNg