Governor Olurotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State was urged by Labour unions in Ondo State University of Science and Technology, Okitipupa not to slash the institution’s monthly allocation as he had decided.
In a statement made available by members of the union, made up of Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities, Non-Academic Staff Union and National Association of Academic Technologists.
The statement was jointly signed by leaders of the unions – Temidayo Temola, Peter Akindehinde and Bobola Bamigbola for SSANU, NASU and NAAT respectively.
According to the union the institution’s monthly allowance was reduced from N60m to N42m, stating that the money was not sufficient to pay the salaries of the staff, maintenance of the institution and other costs.
He stressed that the administration had pledge to make the University a world class institution.
“This present government of the masses had promised to make our institution a world class one that will compete favourably with others outside the country which we still hold tentatively.
“The feat recorded by the present government had shown its readiness to uplift education.
“We hereby appeal to Gov. Akeredolu to leave the subvention of N60m if it cannot be increased further.
“We also urge our amiable Governor to look into the backlog of eight months’ subvention owed by the immediate past administration and also make subvention quarterly or bi-annual.
“We pledge our unalloyed support for this government because we believe it meant well and together we shall succeed,”