Workers in Oyo state have appealed to the state Government to use the Paris Club deductions refund, about to be released by the Central Bank of Nigeria(CBN), on the directive of President Muhammadu Buhari, to offset the backlog of salary arrears owed them.
The workers made the appeal through the Chairman of the state council of the Non Academic Staff Union(NASU), Comrade Olusola Fatoki-Cole.
”We want to appeal to Government, when this one comes, the one we are expecting, as he has done, we are expecting more from him, he used 60 per cent of the money to settle arrears of salaries, he can as well use 80 per cent this time around, if he is not comfortable to use the whole amount. But my own take as the state Chairman of NASU, Oyo state, is that he should sue 100 per cent of the money to offset the salary arrears, so that we will know that there are no arrears of salaries in Oyo state. So that everything will be back to normal”.
”In fact the Government will have a new lease of life, they will be relieved. Thinking of where we will get money to pay salary arrears will no more be there. This is an opportunity for Government to liquidate all the arrears of salaries, it owes Oyo state workers. This is the opportunity, this is God at work, because we were not expecting this refund. It is just like a dream, it is a miracle. And God knows that these people are suffering, that is why God can touche the hearts of the people, who said that we still have some arrears of over payment of loan, that we have paid to collect. And I believe that we should give kudos to this Government, we should also give kudos to President Muhammadu Buhari, but if it were to be the immediate past Government, we will not know if there is a refund or not”.
”I think we should give kudos to this government for been transparent, and for been sympathetic to the plight of the workers. I think we should give President Buhari that kudos. I want to use this opportunity to thank the Federal Government, to thank our Governor, Governor Abiola Ajimobi, anticipating that when the money comes, he will Lliquidate tha arrears that are left to be paid”,Comrade Fatoki-Cole stated.
He urged the workers to pray fervently and exercise patience, while also advising them to cultivate the habit of saving.
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Similarly, the indefinite strike action embarked upon by the workers of the University of Ibadan continued on Wednesday, undisrupted.
The workers have since the beginning of the week, prevented vehicular movement in and out of the University’s two entry points, by shutting the gates from the early hours of each day till late in the afternoon, however, pedestrians were not affected, as the pedestrian gate remained open.
A visit to a number of locations within the university campus, confirmed that activities were totally shut down, as there was no electricity and water supply, while most of the offices remained under lock and key. Workers were seen discussing in groups within and around the main gate.
The Chairman of NASU in the university, Comrade Oluwasegun Arojo disclosed that the indefinite strike was still on, saying”the university management is yet to accede to the demands of the workers, so the indefinite strike continues”.