The Ogun state Commissioner for Education, Mrs Modupe Mujota, has debunked claims by the Academic Staff Union of Nigerian Universities, Olabisi Onabanjo University (OOU) chapter, that the state government owes its members 16 months salaries.
The commissioner, who made this known in a statement issued on Friday, December 11, said the recent recognition of the institution by the National Universities Commission (NUC) as the best state university in Nigeria punctured the notion that the state government had not done enough to revamp it.
She said the government had always met its contractual obligations to the staff of the institution but would not be railroaded into executing a contract it did not enter into with the academic union.
“We state categorically that we do not owe the teachers as alleged. They should provide any evidence of the contractual obligation the state government has breached with regard to their salaries and allowances,” she said.
The state government also denied entering into any agreement on payment of Earned Academic Allowances being demanded by the lecturers, and challenged the union to provide any proof if it contradicts its claims.
The statement read in parts: “Education remains the first cardinal programme of the Amosun administration. This is the reason why the sector has always received the lion’s share of the state’s annual budget. Government is committed to its policy of regular payment of salary in spite of the current financial challenges across the country.
“Ogun State Government therefore calls for the understanding of the striking lecturers and implores them to return to classes while Government weighs its options. Every citizen and union must be subject to the laws of the land; nobody or institution is above the law.”