The Oyo State government has told lecturers in the six state-owned tertiary institutions that it will not succumb to threat in addressing their grievances.
The government advised the workers to be reasonable.
It denied owning workers 15 months.
Academic and non-academic workers’ unions in the six government-owned tertiary institutions issued a 14-day ultimatum to the government to pay their outstanding salaries or face an indefinite strike.
The unions reached the decision at a meeting of delegates from the six schools.
The ultimatum took effect from last Friday, when the decision was taken.
The affected schools are: The Polytechnic, Ibadan; Emmanuel Alayande College of Education at Oyo; Oyo State College of Agriculture and Technology at Igboora; The Ibarapa Polytechnic at Eruwa; The Oke-Ogun Polytechnic at Saki and College of Education at Lanlate.
Reacting to the ultimatum, Commissioner for Education Science and Technology Prof. Adeniyi Olowofela noted that although the state will not deny owing workers, it was not owing 15 months, as the workers claimed.
The commissioner said the government had never relented in paying the approved 25 per cent subvention to schools, adding that the government is planning to audit schools’ accounts to block leakages.
He said this would enable the government to know the financial status and needs of each school.
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