The Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP), Oyo State College of Agriculture and Technology, Igboora, has decried the continued inability of the governing council of the institution and the Oyo state government to address the non-payment of salaries of workers in the institution.The outcry is coming as the industrial action embarked upon by staff unions in the institution is clocking four months.
ASUP in a statement signed by its Chairman, Mr Afees Adeniyi, bemoaned that the issues of non-payment of salary arrears of 17 months, payment of fractional salaries from January 2016 till July 2018, inadequate subvention and poor funding are leading to infrastructural deficit in the institution.He then urged the state government to utilize the expected final tranche of Paris Club refund to defray the outstanding arrears as well as increase subvention given to the institution to 95 per cent to guarantee regular payment of 100 per cent workers salary and provide teaching facilities that will ensure students learn in a conducive environment.
Adeniyi while speaking further called on the gubernatorial candidate of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in the 2019 elections in the state, Mr Adebayo Adelabu to prevail on the Governor Abiola Ajimobi led government to accede to demands of the union.
The institution’s management while speaking on the union’s demands urged the striking staff to resume to afford them the opportunity to look into their demands.Public Relations Officer of the college, Mrs Opeyemi Olawore, in a statement said, “We call for understanding on the part of the labour unions’ leadership and members. We also appeal to them to resume back to duties for the authorities to look into their demands”.