Bankole Taiwo, Abeokuta
The workforce of Tai Solarin College of Education, Omu Ijebu, said their pain had been unbearable while 49 staff of the institution had died due to lack of money to take care of themselves following the refusal of the state governor, Sen Ibikunle Amosun to pay them backlog of 30 months salaries.
The workers under the umbrella of Coalition of TASCE staff during their protest at the state capital, Abeokuta on Tuesday said the government also owed them 48 months salary arrears,while their cooperative, pension and housing deductions were also not remitted since 2011. The workers said the government is owing them 4.7bn
Speaking at a press briefing held at Ogun NUJ secretariat, Oke Ilewo, Abeokuta, Mr Daniel Aborishade, Chairman, Coalition of TASCE Staff said despite series of promise by the governor to use Paris Club refund to offset the backlog of salaries, the governor has collected five tranches of the refund yet he has failed to honour his promise.
Mr Aborishade said “the situati£on is really horrible, many men among us have turned to be wives while our wives are now the husbands because we don’t have the wherewithal to maintain our family. We have lost 49 staff because they can’t afford to look after their health due to lack of money. It is really pathetic and very sad”.
The workers has equally called for the removal of the Provost of the school, Dr Adeola Kiladese for using soldiers and policemen to harass workers of the school because they were agitating for the payment of backlog of salaries and other emoluments.
The Provost of the school was also recommended for probe for mismanaging over N400M Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) which ought to have been used to pay part of the money owed them.
Mr Daniel Aborishade said the workers were heartbroken and very sad when they saw the advertorial the government placed in newspapers recently denying that it never owed the workers a penny.
The workers pleaded with the outgoing governor to as a matter of urgency help to pay all 30 months outstanding salaries and other emoluments duly accrued to the workers of the state owned institution as many of them had since been finding it too difficult to feed themselves and their families.