By Demola Atobaba, Ado-Ekiti
Following the inability of the Ekiti State Government to meet up with the deadline earlier given by the management of Ekiti State University (EKSU), Ado-Ekiti, the institution has again shut down all academic activities, as trade unions protested over unpaid three months salaries.
The workers, under the umbrella of Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU), Non-Academic Staff Union (NASU), and National Association of Academic Technologists (NAAT) vowed not to return to work until their salaries are paid.
They said they were being owed March to May salaries. Although the Academic Staff Union of Universities (NASU) did not participate in the protest, it was gathered that the union may have supported it.
The ASUU Chairman in EKSU, Prof. Olufayo Olu-Olu, said the union could not take a lead role in the protest because it had yet to obtain approval from the congress.
Both academic and non-academic activities were paralysed as students were turned back by the aggrieved staff members who shut the two entrances to the institution.
SSANU Chairman, Comrade Kolawole Falade, told newsmen that the unions arrived at the decision to embark on a protest at its meeting held on Tuesday, May 26.
He said: “The three unions-SSANU, NASU and NAAT-met under the Joint Action Committee on Tuesday and decided to embark on the protest to demand payment of our three months salaries. “We have also not received our earned allowances from 2012 up till date. We also need a Governing Council of the university.
“There is also need for the State Government to increase the monthly subventions to the university from N260 million because of the College of Medicine.”
The NASU Chairman, Comrade Tope Akanmu, could not be reached on phone, as his line was switched off when our correspondent tried many times to call him.