OGUN – Members of Olabisi Onabanjo University (OOU) branch of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) staged a protest march on Monday, March 17, 2014 against the irregular payment of their salaries by the Ogun State Government in the past three years.
The protesting lecturers marched in their hundres, carrying placards with messages such as “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.”
According to the chairman of the OOU branch of ASUU, Dr. Deji Agboola, the state government had in the past three years formed the habit of not paying them their salaries regularly.
The lecturers began their demonstration at the OOU mini-campus, Ago-Iwoye at about 10am and ended it at the institution’s permanent site located about seven kilometres away where they sensitised the students on their action.
They also presented their letter of grievances to the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Saburi Adesanya for onward transmission to Governor Ibikunle Amosun.