BY DAUD OLATUNJI
ABEOKUTA—Hundreds of lecturers of the Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago-Iwote yesterday, protested the irregular payment of their salaries by the Ogun State Government in the past three years.
The protesting lecturers who are members of OOU branch of the Academic Staff Union of Universities carried placards with various inscriptions such as “It is ungodly to owe people their monthly dues,”We need government intervention at Olabisi Onabanjo University,” “The sweat of the labourer must not dry” and “Ogun State Government please save OOU from imminent collapse.”
Others bore placards saying, “Ogun Government pays less than 70 per cent of our salaries. Is Ogun government really broke?,” “We have earned our salaries, we should be paid promptly” and “OOU needs more funding. We say no to the present poor funding.”
Addressing the protesting lecturers, the chairman of the OOU branch of the Academic Staff Union of Universities, Dr. Deji Agboola said that the state government had in the past three years formed the habit of not paying them their salaries regularly.
The lecturers who began their demonstration at the OOU mini-campus, Ago-Iwoye at about 10am took their protest to the institution’s permanent site located about seven kilometres away where they sensitised the students on their action.
They later presented their letter of grievances to the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Saburi Adesanya for onward transmission to Governor Ibikunle Amosun.