In a related development, ASUU in Ekiti State University, Ado Ekiti on Tuesday gave the university council and management 48 hours within which to act on its demands contained in its letter dated 16th September 16 risk an industrial action by the lecturers.
ASUU EKSU Chairman, Dr Kayode Arogundade, said the union would give the council and management two weeks within which to meet the demands in case the governing council discussed the letter at its Tuesday meeting, failure which would result in withdrawal of services by the academic staff.
Arogundade frowned upon the state government’s slash of the monthly subvention to the university from N260m to N130m and unpaid salaries and arrears to academic staff members, whom he said could not continue to work under such harrowing conditions.
The demands of ASUU, in the letter titled, ‘ASUU-EKSU position on government decision to reduce monthly subvention to EKSU for speculative reasons,’ signed by ASUU EKSU Chairman, Arogundade and Secretary, Dr Daniel Ogunwale, included “immediate reversal of monthly subvention to EKSU to N260 million”.
ASUU also demanded “refund of N624m to the purse of EKSU by the state government being the differential in subvention payments to the university since April, 2021”.
The academic staff also sought “immediate administrative trial (for alleged administrative infractions) of all alleged actors as contained in the DSS (Department of State Services) report pending determination of their financial involvement in the alleged fraud.”
They also demanded that “the university bursar should be questioned for leading a team that is constantly misleading the University towards taking wrong financial decisions” and t“automation of the university bursary should be done without further delay. More so that the contractor had since received advance payment for the project”.
In the letter, the academic staff asserted that “the reduction of monthly subvention to EKSU since April, 2021 was based on mere speculation and an act of policy inconsistency and disservice to players in the educational sector.”
ASUU, in the letter also posited that “the claim that Ekiti State started experiencing a drop in monthly allocation from FAAC (Federation Accounts Allocation Committee) effective from April 2021 is a blatant lie, instead, the state had experienced steady improvement in monthly allocation and steady growth in the IGR since then”.
The union lampooned the governor, saying he was not fair to education with the slash in subvention, adding, “He stands out as the only governor who reduced monthly subvention to university in his state during the period under coverage and till date”.
Arogundade who said there was nothing that required extra investment in the demands, said, “It just requires faithfulness and sincerity of purpose. If nothing is done to this document in the next 48 hours, we are going to shut down this university and all of us will be outside. If they are going to sack all of us, let them go ahead. We are tired of their rigmarole”.