TASCE has lost 49 staff to hunger, illness – Union Chair

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…as Ogun gov’t owes 30 months salaries, 48 months salary-increment arrears

Oluwatobi Odeyinka

 

The staff of Tai Solarin College of Education on Tuesday protested the non-payment of 30 months salaries and 48 months of salary-increment arrears by the government of Ogun state.

The staff who marched to the premises of the Nigerian Union of Journalist secretariat in Abeokuta, the state capital, expressed their grievances to Pressmen while lamenting hunger.

The Chairman, Coalition of Tai-Solarin College of Education Staff, Mr Daniel Aborisade claimed that the institution has lost 49 staff to hunger and illness since the government of Senator Ibikunle Amosun has refused to pay the remuneration entitled to them.

Aborisade also claimed that Governor Amosun who has never visited the institution since he assumed office in 2011 “is yet to disburse any amount” for remuneration of staff.

He said the government, rather than settling the dispute amicably, resorted to blackmail and media propaganda.

His words, “In the last five years, we have not enjoyed promotion in Tai-Solarin College of education. Our cooperative and special target deduction have not been remitted in the last 8 years that Amosun assumed office ditto to our pension.

“On January 18 2019, the Secretary to the State Government, Bar. Taiwo Adeoluwa placed an advertorial on PUNCH, THE NATION and TRIBUNE with the captioned, “we do not owe salary in TASCE

“To our surprise and dismay, the government came out again in May 2016 to address the whole world that TASCE staff are more than the students; that there are 3000 plus staff and about 1000 students.

“We make bold to say that we are having 346 staff and over 3000 students. I don’t know who fed the government with such information. The governor has never visited the school, whether for inspection. In the last 10 years, we have never conducted convocation in TASCE and we don’t know why.

“The former commissioner for education and the Secretary to State Government told us that they are looking into our pay; that when Paris fund is paid they will surely consider us. Five branches of Paris fund were received and no dime is released to TASCE staff.”

Aborisade further claimed that the governor in 2016, imposed on them a new Provost, Mr Kiadese Adeola, who in his words, “is not qualified to head a tertiary institution.”

He added that the Provost, rather than looking into their plight has resorted to harassing and victimizing members of staff.

He said, “we asked the Provost to vacate the school campus and resume every day to the governor’s office until our salaries and arrears are paid but he has refused to comply.

“The institution has generated over 400 million since he assumed office as Provost but he has done nothing tangible with the money.

“When we began to ask questions concerning our salaries and arrears, he started harassing us with the police and other security agencies. They do not want the Provost again.

The Protesting staff were armed with placards with such inscriptions as “Kiadese must go!!!” “Gbe body e, Provost TASCE”, among others

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