Bankole Taiwo, Abeokuta
The embattled staff of Tai Solarin College of Education (TASCE) Omu Ijebu has pleaded with the governor of the state, Prince Dapo Abiodun to please help offset at least 10 months out of over 50 months backlog salaries owed by the immediate past government of Sen Ibikunle Amosun while the rest are then paid over an agreed period of time.
The staff lamented that three months after Prince Abiodun assumed office, he has failed to do something positive to ameliorate their sufferings and untold hardship subjected to due to non-payment of salaries noting that this was against what the governor promised to do while seeking for their support before his election.
They have equally appealed to the governor to give the institution a Governing Council maintaining that absence of this important body in the institution for over 11 years has contributed very largely to myriads of challenges bedevilling the state owned College of Education.
The members of staff who again protested their pathetic situation at the school on Friday barred Provost of the college, Dr Kiadese and some management team from holding Academic board meeting, the highest ruling body of the school.
The protesting staff who also alleged the Provost of harassing them with police were seen with placards bearing messages such as ‘Our pay is our right’, ‘We are hungry, Gov Abiodun please save our souls’, ‘Pay our salaries and put an end to untimely death’, ‘Kiadese must go’, among others.
Speaking with our Correspondent, Mr Olalere Abass, a lecturer with Computer Science department said “it was really unfortunate that 100 days after assuming office, the governor of the state, Prince Dapo Abiodun has decided not to wipe away our tears despite promising us during campaign that he would come to our aids”
Mr Olalere said “since the governor came in we have received about 60% of our salaries for May and June and nothing for July and August. How can we continue working with hunger? Many of us have become something else in our families because we can’t shoulder our responsibilities, some men have had their wives deserting them, many have died because they can not afford money for drugs.
“They even put one of us, Dr Daniel Aborishade under house arrest today just because he had been one of the people in the vanguard of this fight against injustice and outright wickedness. Can any of our leaders bear this excruciating pain? All we are saying is that if the governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun meant well, let him pay us part of our backlog salaries, at least10 months, while the rest are spread over agreed period of time. The governor should also give us a Governing Council to manage the school”.