LECTURERS at the Emmanuel Alayande College of Education, Oyo, under the aegis of Colleges of Education Academic Staff Union (COEASU), have made passionate appeal to Oyo State governor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi, to order the payment of their eight months outstanding salaries.
They made the appeal on Tuesday during a peaceful rally which started at the entrance of the college in Oyo.
The lecturers held placards with various inscriptions to press for their demands.
Speaking on behalf of other members of the union, Acting Chairman, COEASU, Comrade Samuel Oyewumi, said: “We are gathered here this morning to express our displeasure and also to appeal to the governor of Oyo State because we are suffering.
“Our children are out of school, we can no longer take adequate care of our aged parents because of the condition we found ourselves. In this 2016, barely can we say we have received two months salary and we are in the 11th month of the year. The government is saying it can only give us 25 per cent of our salary and that in the next three months, it will be reduced to zero per cent. We cannot survive with this.
“We are in the college of education which is the least tuition-paid tertiary institution in the state. The students pay token and there is no way we can afford the 75 per cent to augment the 25 per cent made available by the government.
“We are appealing to the government to see the peculiarity of our college. We cannot compare ourselves with other polytechnics and universities. Our own should be seen as more of a social service. We generate little or nothing and still government does not want to give us subvention.”