Oyo govt manipulative, higher education staff unions allege

Governor Seyi Makinde during his inauguration on 29th May, 2019 in Ibadan

Staff members of tertiary institutions in Oyo State have alleged that the Seyi Makinde-led administration was being manipulative in addressing their welfare.

They made this allegation in a statement on Thursday signed by the General Secretary of the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnic, Alexander Gbenga.

According to him, while the leadership of their union has never left any stone unturned to ensure a peaceful coexistence and understanding, the government is both inconsistent and insensitive to the yearnings of people working in tertiary intitutions.

“This update becomes imperative because of Government inconsistencies with the terms of the meeting of JAC and Government of Monday, 19th April, 2021 that lasted over five hours where the concerned parties had an understanding on how to resolve all matters that relate with the existence of the ongoing industrial actions all over the Oyo State owned tertiary institutions.

“Consequently, Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was to be signed on Tuesday, 20th April, 2021 but government functionaries involved were not available to append their signatures to the said agreement and JAC representatives had to return to the State Secretariat yesterday, Wednesday, 21st April, 2021.

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“Surprisingly, however, it was discovered that, the government had a different game plan as the MoU presented for signing by the Director of Higher Education was, totally, at variance to the agreed agreement of Monday and JAC representatives declined signing the eventual MoU.

“Therefore, in line with JAC directive, all concerned institutions have been directed to suspend intending Congresses and, also remarked that, NO institution suspends strike until further directive by JAC.”

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