By Timothy Agbor, Osogbo
Contrary to claims by the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU), Osun State University, (UNIOSUN) Osogbo branch that its Governing Council has failed to improve the welfare of the workers of the university, the Non-Academic Staff Union of Educational and Associated Institutions (NASU) has scored the Governing Council high.
In a statement issued on Monday, 18th August, 2014 and signed by the Chairman and Secretary of NASU, Comrade Isaiah Fayemi and Comrade Olugbeja Suleman respectively, the union faulted the claim by SSANU published in a national daily that the Governing Council has neglected the welfare of workers in the institution, hence SSANU’s one-week warning strike.
According to NASU, the Governing Council of the university under the leadership of Prof. Gabriel Olawoyin has not failed in its commitment towards the welfare of members of staff of the institution.
The statement reads: “It has been brought to the knowledge of NASU, UNIOSUN the insinuation making the rounds as regards the commitment of the Governing Council towards the welfare of members of staff of Osun State University, we want to say that the present Governing Council has improved on the welfare of workers unlike what obtained before its inception.”
Enumerating the achievements of the Governing Council, the statement noted that 50 drivers that were in contract appointment have been placed on permanent appointment adding that junior staff promotion that was done every four years is now three years.
“Before Prof. Gabriel Olawoyin led Governing Council, there was no end of year incentive for staff and placement, promotion and regrading were lopsided but all these have been looked into and corrected.
“Pioneer allowance arrears were denied and salary shortfall not implemented but it has been paid and implemented by the Governing Council. Earned allowance that was not implemented has been paid.”, the statement added.
The university NASU also commended the Governing Council for its commitment to the welfare of workers urging SSANU to refrain from making unwarranted accusations against the authority.