Osun Tertiary Institutions End 5 Month Old Strike; Sign MOU With Government

Non-Academic Staff Union (NASU) of Osun government owned Tertiary Institutions have ended their five month old industrial strike action after signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the government.

Signing the MOU signalling the end of strike, at the Governor Office in Osogbo,the Governor of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, pledged that his administration will not relent in its efforts to make life more meaningful for the people and the welfare of its workforce.

Government and Staffers of the institutions during the MOU signing having recognised that the current financial challenge resulting from dwindling revenue from the Federation accounts will continue to affect the payment of salaries, pensions and critical expenditures of government decided to put an end to the strike.

Governor Aregbesola speaking through his Chief-of-Staff, Alhaji Gboyega Oyetola, ‎told the staff of the tertiary institutions in the state that government has no plan of merging or scrapping any of the state owned institutions.

The governor called for the cooperation of the workers in moving the state forward as it enters a new face of looking inward on how to increase the finances of the state and depend less on the Federal allocation.‎

He expressed satisfaction over what he described as high sense of maturity displayed by the leadership of the union, pledging that government would do all it could to fulfil her side of the agreement.

‎According to the governor, "The issue of merger has never been raised by this government. Nobody is going to merge any of the schools. The speculation is only being peddled by people who want to fan embers of discord.

"I can assure you that nobody will be victimised, the governor himself is a comrade who is never vindictive. For him to have given his words that you will be paid some days after you resume work shows he is not vindictive.

"I want to use this opportunity to charge you to be committed to our Internally Generated Revenue and assist government in blocking leakages. We should all face the reality of the situation we have in the country. There is glut in the oil industry and we need to look inward.

“We need to really increase our internal revenue for us to be able to meet our obligations, government cannot do it alone so this is the kind of support that we need from our institutions, as our financial situations improve every other part will be considered.”

Earlier, representatives of the union in all the four state owned tertiary institutions namely; Osun State Polytechnic, Iree, Osun State College of Technology, Esa-oke, Osun State Colleges of Education in Ila Orangun and Ilesa, the State Chairman, Joint Negotiating Council of the union, Comrade Olusoji Fasipe commended Governor Aregbesola for his rare understanding and patience despite the condition attached to the industrial action.

He urged government not to renege on its promises of paying them within the stipulated seven days of resumption, adding that the strike has been suspended in line with the agreement made with the government.

He said the union was always on the side of government, assuring that the union would do all it could to support the administration in repositioning it's economy as it is faced with financial challenges.

"We are ready to do our best to ensure that the state economy is revamped. We have friendly and fatherly people in government and they have been playing the role as expected and it is our believe that they would not relent in giving us more support.

"We suspend this strike based on the agreement reached with government to pay our salaries within seven days of resumption. We are optimistic and we are returning to work because our governor has emphatically promised to pay our salaries within seven days", Comrade Fadipe said.

Source: Semiu Okanlawon / The Nigerian Voice
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