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Ekiti State University Ado Ekiti Shut Indefinitely Over Poor Staff Welfare

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Ekiti State University (EKSU), Ado Ekiti, on Saturday proscribed all labour unions and shut down the institution indefinitely following a protest over poor staff welfare.

The university authorities have also instructed the students to vacate the campus without delay.

These are contained in a statement by Mr Bode Olofinmuagun, Head, Directorate of Information & Corporate Affairs of the university.

Crisis between the university authorities and workers erupted on Monday after workers of the institution across the various unions, hired a live band and turned the main entrance of the institution to a party ground.

According to the workers, the move was part of a strategy to press home their demands over alleged unpaid salaries and allowances, among other things.

Speaking with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), Mr Azeez Aguda, the Secretary of the Senior Staff Association of Nigeria Universities (SSANU), EKSU branch, said members’ action would continue until government prevailed on the university authorities to accede to their demands.

He listed the demands to include payment of July, August, and September salaries (2018), remittance of cooperative and pension dues, and reinstatement of sacked workers, among several others.

The unions also accused the university authorities of reneging on the commitments of a Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) they signed with workers’ representatives, an event that was witnessed by members of the state’s House of Assembly in the year 2020.

Reacting, the university authorities said that most of the demands of the workers were made during the lifetime of the previous administration.

The authorities, however, said that some of the demands had been addressed while others were in the process of being tackled.

The authorities said it was not true that the university had reneged on the MoA they signed with the various unions in 2020.

Credit: NAN

 


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