Workers of College of Education, Ekiadolor, in Edo State, on Monday, protested at the entrance gate of the state’s Ministry of Education to press home their demand for the payment of their salaries and allowances which they said are being owed for the past 12 months.
In a statement jointly signed by the Chairman of the College of Education Academic Staff Union (COEASU), Comrade Fred Omonuwa and his Senior Staff Union of Colleges of Education of Nigeria (SSUCOEN) counterpart, Comrade Ken Omoruyi, the workers denied the allegation that they were being sponsored by the political opponents of the State Governor, Godwin Obaseki.
They also claimed that the state government was not saying the truth when they said the governor claimed that the school had been closed down since 2016.
The workers wondered why the government appointed a Provost for the school in 2018 if the school had been shut down since 2016.
“Why did the state government appoint a bursar for the college in 2019 if the school was closed in 2016? Are there no procedures to be followed in closing any higher institution?” the statement queried.
“We are aware of the antics of Edo state government to try use the closure claim to create negative impression in the minds of the general public that staffers of the college are not working.”
The statement also dismissed as false the position of the government that they were posted and refused to resume in their new places of work.
“This claim is not only frivolous but again reveals the failed attempt by Edo state government to deny the staff and pensioners of the college their salaries and pensions. Is it possible for a state government to re-deploy staff, the staff refused and there would not be any sanction on the staff?
“The protesters are made up of about 70 PhD holders, about 100 Masters Degree holders among other first degree holders, and pensioners are between 65 to 80 years of age. And the focus is the payment of their salaries and pensions,” it added.