The Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU) and the Non Academic Staff Union of Universities (NASU) yesterday shut down the main campus of the Lagos State University (LASU) to protest the failure of the Lagos State government to pay the N30,000 new minimum wage and other allowances and arrears.
The development led to the lockout of the vice-chancellor of the university, Prof Olanrewaju Fagbohun, students and other workers from gaining entry to the university premises.
Efforts by the vice-chancellor to plead with the union to allow people entry into the campus proved abortive as they insisted the government must keep to their own side of the agreement otherwise they will continue to deny the VC and students access to the campus.
Reacting to the development, the special adviser to the Governor on Education, Lagos State, Tokunbo Wahab noted that LASU, like Ministries, Agencies and Departments (MDAs) collects the sum of N450 million every month from the Lagos State government as subvention, urging the management of the university and other tertiary institutions in the state to pay up their staff salaries to avoid situations that looks like deliberate sabotaging of the efforts of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu led administration.
“Aside the subvention, the government is also responsible for the infrastructure developments which include the recently approved 8,000 plus bed hostel in the school and other ancillary things including payment for accreditation exercise for which the last one cost the government close to N500m,” Wahab said.
The vice-chancellor, LASU said efforts are in place to ensure that normalcy returned to the campus
Speaking to LEADERSHIP, chairman of he Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU), Salaam Abdussobur said, “We stand by our workers with the protest in the institutions and we believe the onus now lies on the Lagos State Government.
“This is also a signal of what the federal government should expect should it fail to redeem its agreement of the 2009 with respect allowances, arrears of minimum wage and other allowances with categories of staff. When other institutions in the different states resume, the government should be expecting the same reactions across the board.”