Ter­tiary in­sti­tu­tions work­ers in Kwara be­gin strike

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Romoke W. Ah­mad, Ilorin

Staff of Kwara State owned ter­tiary in­sti­tu­tions yes­ter­day em­barked on an in­dus­trial ac­tion, which they said won’t be called off un­til the state gov­ern­ment pays back­log of salaries owed them.

Last week, the Non Teach­ing Staff Union (NASU) of the af­fected in­sti­tu­tions em­barked on an in­def­i­nite strike over non pay­ment of five months salaries.

The work­ers said it be­came nec­es­sary for them to em­bark on the strike since the state gov­ern­ment has “con­tin­ued to pay lit­tle or no at­ten­tion to their plight”.

They lamented that some of their mem­bers have died due to the sit­u­a­tion. The af­fected in­sti­tu­tions in­clude; the Kwara Col­leges of Ed­u­ca­tion in llorin, Oro, Lafi­agi and the Col­lege of Ara­bic and lslamic Le­gal stud­ies in llorin.

Chair­man, Com­mit­tee of Unions in Ter­tiary In­sti­tu­tions (CUTI) , Com­rade Ab­dulKa­reem Amuda-Kan­nike, while speak­ing with our cor­re­spon­dent, said the state gov­ern­ment re­fused to re­spond de­spite the ultimatum is­sued.

“We have started the strike. NASU com­menced their strike last week and oth­ers have al­ready joined them. We have gone round the in­sti­tu­tions to ef­fect it and we are happy that all our mem­bers com­plied. They shut down their schools be­fore we got there be­cause they are tired of work­ing with­out pay”, he said.

“We is­sued a 21 day ultimatum, which lapsed, then an­other 14 day ultimatum. Af­ter that, we is­sued an­other seven day which also ended with­out any re­sponse either pos­i­tive or neg­a­tive from the state gov­ern­ment. We have there­fore de­clared an in­def­i­nite strike un­til back­log of salaries are paid. The hard­ship is no longer bear­able for our mem­bers and their fam­i­lies. At this stage we are now, we are not go­ing to ne­go­ti­ate un­til back­log of salaries are cleared,” Kan­nike said.

Mean­while, Se­nior Spe­cial As­sis­tant to Gover­nor Ab­dull­fat­tah Ahmed on Me­dia and Communications, Dr. Muideen Ako­rede, has ap­pealed to the strik­ing work­ers to re­turn to work.

“Gov­ern­ment calls on the strik­ing work­ers to re­turn to work while we work out a so­lu­tion to the prob­lem in con­junc­tion with author­i­ties of the af­fected in­sti­tu­tions,” he said.

From left: Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor, Ke­wod In­te­grated Ser­vices Ltd., Mr Odu­male Ogedegbe; Di­rec­tor Gen­eral, Peo­ples Demo­cratic In­sti­tute (PDI), Dr. Lanre Adebayo; former gov­er­nor­ship as­pi­rant and PDP chieftain in Rivers State, Hon. Nimi Wal­son-Jack, dur­ing Wal­son-Jack's cour­tesy visit to PDI in Abuja.

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