University Workers Chase Out Senate, VC And Others

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Members of the Non Academic Staff Union (NASU) of the Ekiti State University yesterday locked out some members of the Senate including the Vice Chancellor, Professor Patrick Aina, over issues bordering on workers’ welfare.

Others locked out were the vice-chancellor’s deputies, Chairman, Academic Staff Union of Universities, EKSU chapter, Professor Olufayo Olu-Olu and other management staff.

The unions that carried out the protest include; Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU), Non-Academic Staff Union(NASU) and the Nigerian Association of Academic Techno-logists (NAAT).

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It was gathered that the NASU’s members have been at loggerheads with the school’s management over non-payment of their check-off dues and other allowances approved for their counterparts in federal institutions.

The workers converged on the Senate chambers at about 7am, preventing the members from gaining entrance into the building.

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Chairman of SSANU, EKSU chapter, Comrade Ismail Falade confirmed the incident, adding that the action was “as a result of government’s insensitivity to their grievances”.

“The government has not been giving us subventions as and when due. The wage bill of the institution stands at N400 million monthly and government releases about N200. Apart from that, the little the government is releasing has not been getting to us on time,” he said.

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The vice chancellor, in his response, said the issue has been resolved with the unionists.

He said: “I think they were after some allowances that were approved for them by the federal government. We started paying the allowance last month and they are requesting that we pay up.

We have met and the matter has been settled amicably”.

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