Academic and non-academic activities were paralysed yesterday at the Ekiti State University (EKSU), Ado Ekiti, Ekiti State, as workers shut the institution to protest the non-payment of their three-month salary arrears.
Acting under the aegis of Joint Action Committee (JAC), the Non-Academic Staff Union of Universities (NASU), the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU) and the National Association of Academic Technologists (NAAT) demanded the immediate payment of their salaries.
They vowed not to return to work, until their salaries are paid by the government.
It was learnt that although the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) did not participate in the shutdown, it supported the action of the three other unions.
The ASUU Chairman, Prof. Olufayo Olu-Olu, said the participation of his union can only be sanctioned by the union’s congress.
NASU Chairman Tope Akanmu could not be reached for comments.
SSANU Chairman Kolawole Falade said besides the three-month salary arrears, the workers are also owed earned allowances that date back to 2012.
Falade said: “The three unions met under the Joint Action Committee on Tuesday and decided to embark on the protest to demand payment of our arrears.
“We have also not received our earned allowances from 2012. We also need a governing council in the university.
“There is also need for the government to increase the monthly subventions to the university from N260 million because of the College of Medicine.”