By Henry Odeh
The Joint Action Committee (JAC) of all trade unions in the six Oyo state owned tertiary institutions has said that the executive governor of Oyo state, Engr Seyi Makinde, should commence immediate implementation of minimum wage at the tertiary institution level by implementing the table submitted by the committee for September salaries.
The joint action committee of all trade unions in Oyo state owned tertiary institutions comprising of The Polytechnic of Ibadan, Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH), Oke-ogun polytechnic, Adeseun Ogundoyin Polytechnic, Emmanuel Alayande College of Education, made this disclosure in a released communiqué after its last meeting which held at the Oke-ogun polytechnic, Saki, on September 11, 2020.
The body noted that minimum wage is yet to be implemented at the tertiary institution level in the state and therefore, demand that state government should immediately commence implementation of the minimum wage.
According to the communiqué, the body also observed that unnecessary bottlenecks have been created by the operation of platinum consultant as a parallel authorizing body to the councils of the institutions in the authorization of various spendings at the institution urging the government to immediately relieve the consultant of such responsibility and repose same with the body as enshrined in the laws establishing each institution.
The body also expressed displeasure at what it described as ugly trend of fractional salaries at Emmanuel Alayande College of Education, Oyo, through incomplete remittance of cooperative deductions since June, 2020 till date adding that it was with disbelief the body noted the untenable excuse of implementation of promotions and annual increments which was also effected without payment of fractional salaries in the other five institutions.
It however demanded an immediate investigation of the situation and reversal of such mode of payment stressing that government and concerned institutions should begin implementation of white paper reports of Adeseun Ogundoyin Polytechnic, Eruwa and Oke-ogun polytechnic, Saki which was earlier released by the state government.
The joint action committee (JAC) expressed its appreciation to the state government on its efforts towards repositioning the state on developmental path and urge the government to urgently address the issues raised with a view to achieving the state government’s education agenda as it continues to prepare for post COVID-19 school reopening.