Academic Staff Unions in tertiary institutions owned by the Osun state government have finally called off their industrial strike that have lasted for months now.
The strike was called off on the back of a meeting the body had with the government where it was resolved that current financial issue from the not-so-strong federal revenue account has affected the payment of their salaries.
The union signed an agreement with the state’s government and stated that they did that following the dropping of all charges against the union by the Osun stategovernment.
Alhaji Gboyega Oyetola, who is the Chief-of-staff to Governor Rauf Aregbesola after putting pen to paper on behalf of the state government.
According to Alhaji Gboyega Oyetola: “We have been having cordial relationship over the years, before now. Salaries were regular, even for the first time in the history of public service in Nigeria, Aregbesola’s government has been paying workers 13th month salary.
“Sometime you plan and things do not work out the way you planned them. Revenue has reduced by more than fifty percent after the decline of oil revenue. We have to look inward at this time of our state and nation.” “We have signed an agreement and we will make sure that it works.
Let us all commend the magnanimity of the governor that all arrears will be paid. We must also show understanding at all times to operate with government with utmost trust. This administration has nothing to hide from anybody. “I am glad we have been able to resolve, and we need to learn one or two lessons from this, we must learn to trust government and look inward to start developing our revenue.
The support of all is needed to move the state forward.” he concluded.