Contrary to the widespread belief as exhibited in the recent Press Conference of ASUU-EKSU, the authorities of Ekiti State University, Ado Ekiti remain committed to the welfare of its workers.

The authorities of the university are aware of the arrears of outstanding salaries for the months of July to September, 2018 which were accumulated owing to the failure of the previous government in the state to release subventions to the University as and when due. It is on record that the Dr. Kayode Fayemi-led administration in the state has consistently and promptly released the subventions to the University and EKSU, perhaps remains the state university in the South West that receives the highest subvention. Despite the dwindling financial resources in the state, the government has not reduced the subvention.

It should be noted that the 14 months arrears of half salary mentioned by ASUU-EKSU predated the present administration under the leadership of Dr Kayode Fayemi. Unfortunately, the inability of the university management to meet most of its financial obligations in year 2020 was not unconnected with the sudden outbreak of COVID-19 and the national strike embarked upon by the Academic Staff Union of Universities in which ASUU-EKSU participated in solidarity. During this period, the internally generated revenue of the university reduced drastically as many students did not pay fees.

 Despite these numerous challenges, the university, in the past few months, has not only been paying salaries in full, but has been paying as and when due. This would not have been possible if government has failed to release or decided to reduce the subvention.

The leadership of ASUU-EKSU is hereby enjoined to continue to show understanding as partners in progress and shelve the planned strike action in order not to scuttle the academic calendar.

It is hoped that with the policy of the present administration to recoup outstanding fees from students, introduction of tight control of expenditure, blockage of wastage and ensuring stable academic calendar, among others, the university would be able to earn enough revenue to cater for the welfare of staff which is of topmost priority to the University Management

Bode Olofinmuagun

Head, Directorate of Information & Corporate Affairs

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