By Adejumo Kabir
Teachers of Obafemi Awolowo University Staff School, Ile- Ife, yesterday protested at the Freedom Park of the university over nine months unpaid salary.
The staff trooped out with placards bearing various inscriptions demanding immediate payment of their Nine months salary in arrears from the university management.
Mr. Owolawi Olaniyi, one of the protesting teachers who spoke with our correspondents said “the management of the university has been cheating us; those selling to us on credit have stopped. When we visits the cooperative, we were sent back that no money for teachers working in staff school, we cannot allow this any longer, the financial embarrassment is becoming unbearable. After all, they are receiving their own salary monthly”.
Also, Adeyemi Adelekan expressed displeasure over the unpaid salary.
He said “the university system is bad, we have been sold even on our father’s land, we cannot take this anymore, we demand immediate payment of our Nine months salary in arrears “.
Former Chairman, Non Academic Staff Union, OAU Chapter, Comrade Niyi Akinibi hailed the peaceful conduct of the staff and their courage to legitimately demand for what belonged to them.
He said that the teachers have worked and they are entitled to befitting remuneration of their labour which is the payment of their salary other entitlements.
Chairman, National Association of Academic Technologists, (NAAT) OAU Chapter, Comrade Obafemi Ogunseyin also declared the support of the association for the teachers.
According to him “the teachers are part of the university system, we cannot be here and see our people suffer”.
Meanwhile, Comrade Ademola Oketunde, Chairman of Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU) has assured the teachers that all efforts will be intensify to ensure that the salary crises is resolved in no distant time.