The Chapter of the Union of Universities of Academic Personnel (ASUU), Ekiti State University (EKSU), has expressed its protest over the increase in the death and illness rate among members for unpaid salaries covering more than nine months .
The academic body said it would no longer tolerate or cooperate with the university authority over unpaid wages and salaries, as it has been affecting the lives of its members.
At a press conference at EKSU in Ado Ekiti on Friday, ASUU President Dr. Kayode Arogundade explained that the geometric increase in the university’s salary bill from N380 million to N502 million caused the institution’s inability to pay up to the date.
“The academic community of the university has become a source of contempt, ridicule and victim of the shame of members of society in general, due largely to the inability to meet the expectations of his family. We see this with serious concerns, even more so that the university has not demonstrated sufficient commitment to the welfare of the staff.
“The ASUU, as a matter of urgency and courtesy, impresses management to pay all nine months of outstanding wages for workers with immediate effect,” he said.
Arogundade said, except that the university pays all salaries, that it could no longer guarantee a good working relationship between its members and the vice chancellor, Professor Eddy Olanipekun, former president of ASUU at EKSU and the Ilorin area.
The head of ASUU urged Governor Kayode Fayemi to implement the result of the visit panel led by Professor Bode Asubiojo, who vividly addressed the problems of taxes, salaries and other academic matters at the university.
He said the union will not contemplate suing the state government for implementing the new tax law at the university, since members have been paying even above what was stipulated by the 2011 personal income tax.
“We are surprised that the university has a nine-month salary when we are owed a four-month grant. We discovered that it was because the salary bill increased to N502 million when the subsidy is N260m. The deficit comes from our IGR, which will be difficult for the university to meet monthly.
“We will not issue an empty threat, but when we are ready, we will attack. The VC understands our language. We do not mind taking them to court for interpretation. We pay more than what the tax law contained. The government must look inward and increase the IGR instead of saying that we should go back to the 2018 tax law that will create more charges.
“If it is convenient for the government to implement a new tax law, they must also implement the white paper recommendations on increasing the wage bill,” he said.