No Pay No Exams, Say Striking Lecturers

…Police Arrest Five Students

 

By Ayo Kehinde

 

Striking lecturers of the College of Education, Ilorin, Kwara State, have maintained their stand not to conduct end of semester examinations for their students until their three months outstanding salaries are paid by the state government.

Though calm has returned to the school following the protests embarked upon by the students, who were teargassed by the police from the streets of Ilorin where they had taken their case against the authorities, the lecturers said they would neither teach nor conduct examination until they are paid.

“We are being owned July and July and August has set in, which makes it three months. If we are not paid, we would not heed any call to go to the lecture halls or conduct exams”, said Bilquis Olasinde, Chairperson of Academic Staff Union and spokeswomen for the striking teachers. “We have written letters, held meetings with the authorities to that effect and nothing has happened. That is why we insist on boycott of lectures until our demands are met.”

But the state government said the teachers are owned only two and not three months as being stated by the aggrieved teachers.

Commissioner for Tertiary Education, Abdullahi Akila, said; “The teachers are being owned two months and efforts are on to pay them. By the grace of God the governor has approved the payment of the two months salary”

Meanwhile, the police has arrested five students over the protest and appealed to them to remain within their campus and not disturb the public peace by demonstrating on the streets of Ilorin, the state capital.

Police Public Relations Officer, Ajayi Okesanmi said the police had to use teargas to disperse the students to prevent them from destroying public property going by the rowdiness of their protest.