By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
The Ibadan Zone of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) on Thursday alerted that non-payment of salaries to workers and university lecturers will deepen corruption and heighten security tensions in Nigeria.
ASUU raised the alarm in a statement made available to newsmen signed by the Ibadan Zonal Coordinator of ASUU, Dr Ade Adejumo.
The union while maintaining that these arises when students are sent home owing to strikes lashed out at the Oyo and Osun States’ government for their failure to pay 10months salary arrears and their defaulting over statutory function to Ladoke Akintola University,( LAUTECH) Ogbomoso.
According to the Ibadan zone ASUU, the strike currently embarked upon by the LAUTECH branch may become full blown if the governments fails to address their demands within the duration of the warning strike.
“It is total corruption to deliberately create conditions that will make people vulnerable to crime and criminality. Why will government not pay people and be expecting them to work. Which of the governors is not getting paid and receiving security votes?” It said.
ASUU maintained that the “bone of contention is that the owner states refused to fund the University and this has led to 10months unpaid salaries, non-payment of earned academic allowances, pension and gratuity and National Health Insurance Schemes.”
The union stated that “allowing the university workers to proceed on another round of strikes would put the progress of the institution on hold and expose the students to crime and criminality”, saying, it was the height of irresponsibility and insensitivity on the part of the governors of Osun and Oyo to attend to the financial needs of the institution.”
” If workers are coming to work for ten months without pay, a reasonable government should be worried about how the people are coping and surviving rather than think everything is normal. This warning strike is to alert the public of an impending full blown total strike if the government refuses to accede to the request of the ASUU members.”