Workers of the Osun State University, Osogbo have appealed to the visitor of the institution, Osun State Governor, Mr. Gboyega Oyetola, International Labour Organisation among and Civil Society Organisations to intervene in the crisis rocking the university over a year ago.
The management of the university, led by the Vice Chancellor, Prof Labo Popoola, had since November, 2018, suspended twenty-five workers of the institution including principal officers of the school’s Non-Academic Staff Union (NASU), Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU) and National Association of Academic Technologists (NAAT) for staging a protest over their unpaid entitlements and alleged financial impropriety of the VC.
Addressing journalists in Osogbo, the Chairman of the Joint Action Congress of the three unions,Comrade Lekan Adiat, asked Governor Oyetola to wage into the labour tussle as promised alleging that the affected workers had been facing unlawful prosecution and victimisation by the management.
Adiat said that the protests, dated 2017, that led to the suspension of the workers, followed due process adding that the workers had sought for dialogue to address the welfare of workers as regards unpaid entitlements among other issues affecting the university, but the management and council of the institution ignored them.
The JAC chairman who accused Prof Popoola of witch haunting and victimising workers, claimed that the management engaged services of Police in the state to victimise them through arrests and unlawful prosecution.
He said, “we want to inform the entire world that the Union leaders and workers of the Osun State University that were suspended by the Prof Labo Popoola led management are still outside of their jobs for protesting against injustice and corrupt practices of the VC.
“The Police were engaged by the management to prosecute and victimise us. The Police that supposed to protect citizens have now subjected themselves as tools in the hands of the management. Since November 22, 2018, when we protested, we were suspended and have been victimised severally by the management.
” We appeal to Governor Gboyega Oyetola to intervene in the matter as he promised the last time we met with him. We also call on International Labour Organisation (ILO) and well meaning Nigerians to wage into the crisis and ensure peaceful resolution. We are always ready for dialogue. We can on Inspector General of Police to call the Osun State Police to order to stop victimising and harassing workers of the university. Osun state university is dying under Labo Popoola.”