Workers shut down college over unpaid 14 months’ salary arrears


Academic and other business activities were on Tuesday paralysed at the Kwara State owned College of Education, Oro, following a protest by the staff over unpaid 14 months’ salary arrears.
The staff, under the aegis of the Joint Teaching and Non-Teaching Staff, led by the College of Education Academic Staff Union chairman, Mr. Abdulkadir, had early on Tuesday blocked the entrance in and out of the campus, while also staging a peaceful procession round the school premises.
The protesting staff, The Point gathered, chased the school’s management staff out of their offices, locked up the administrative building, the registry and bursary departments
and deflated the tyres all official cars in sight. The staff of the institution had for some time been agitating for the payment of their 14 months salary arrears. According to one of the students.
“Apart from the above, the state government created vocational centres in all special schools and duly equipped them with needed instructional materials and personnel
to help prepare them vocationally towards economic independence. This was done with the mind set of removing the stigma of handicap or beggars from them,” he said.
He urged parents of such children to enroll them at any of the special schools and inclusive units closest to them, rather than hiding them at home. Odeyemi said it was only through exposure such as early identification and intervention that the problem could be alleviated so that they could be useful to themselves and the society in future.
He also urged the general public to embrace people living with disabilities and give them gainful employment opportunities so long as they possess the requisite qualifications.
of the nation. Mrs Ambode, who was represented on the occasion by the Tutor General/Permanent Secretary, District Five, Mrs. Anike Adekanye, commended the Ministry of Education and other stakeholders for their efforts at integrating pupils/students living with disabilities into the society by empowering them with skills and the confidence that would enable them to live meaningful lives to enable them contribute their affected staff, who pleaded anonymity, the provost of the college had allegedly been
“nonchalant” to the plight of the workers.
He said, “The staff observed and confirmed that the students had paid huge sums of money as school fees and other charges; this has made the school finances to improve.
“We pleaded with the management to assist us to pay at least a month out of the 14
months we are being owed.
The provost had agreed last week to pay one month, while we await the government
to pay the remaining 13 months.” He added that to the surprise of everybody, on that Tuesday morning the Provost, Mr. Olowonirejuaro, said he can no longer one month salary again, but will give palliative by paying a ridiculous 26 percent of a month’s salary.
All efforts to get the reaction of the school’s provost proved abortive as calls put to his mobile lines were not answered as at the time of writing this report.