The Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU), Non-Academic Staff Union (NASU) and a section of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) of the University of Ilorin (UNILORIN), protested over unpaid allowances by the institution.
The entrance of the university gate was yesterday blocked by protesting workers, causing heavy traffic for movement.
Report revealed that the workers resolved to hold a public protest when efforts to seek the understanding of the university management failed.
According to a source, who is a leader of one of the staff unions, said both field trips and responsibility allowances have been withdrawn from payment schedules of the university’s workers since the beginning of the year.
“Since Prof. Sulaiman Abdulkareem became the Vice Chancellor, every benefit of the workers have been reduced. The field trip and responsibility allowances that workers used to benefit under the former VCs have been removed.
“In fact, ordinary bags of rice that workers receive have been reduced to two persons sharing one bag. Now the question is, what does the university do with its internally generated revenues? How were the past administrations doing it? That was the basis of the protest,” the source stated.
The Chairman of SSANU, UNILORIN chapter, M.J. Akambi, however, declined to give details of the action. He only confirmed that the workers had gathered to hold their meeting at the main gate of the university early in the morning over burning issues.
“We only barricaded part of the entrance gates but left a part opened which made movement difficult a bit for people,” he stated.
Speaking for the university management, the Public Relations Officer, Kunle Akogun, stated that the locked gate has been reopened and normalcy had returned.
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