N200m set aside monthly for tertiary institutions in Oyo


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Gov. Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State

The Oyo State Government says it has set aside a N200 million special grant on monthly basis to assist state-owned institutions in off-setting their outstanding salary arrears.

The State Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism, Mr Toye Arulogun, said this in a statement in Ibadan.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the institutions are The Polytechnic Ibadan, Emmanuel Alayande College of Education, Oyo and The Ibarapa Polytechnic, Eruwa.

Others are The Oke – Ogun Polytechnic, Saki, Oyo State College of Agriculture and Technology, Igbo-Ora and The College of Education, Lanlate

Toye said that the first installment of the special grant would be released in March with the month’s allocation.

He reiterated that the assistance covered 2016 and 2017 outstanding salaries, while 2018 would be paid fully by each institution.

The statement also quoted Mrs Olawumi Ogunesan, the Head of Service, as saying the action was part of the decisions agreed on when Gov. Abiola Ajimobi met with the governing councils and heads of the six state-owned tertiary institutions on Monday.

Ogunesan said that government had agreed to assist in off-setting the outstanding salaries within 32 months, adding that the institutions were autonomous by the law establishing them.

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“The governing council of each institution is responsible for payment of salaries and allowances as entrenched in its laws.

“Government, therefore, is committed to provision of assistance to each institution.

She noted that the outstanding of N4billion for LAUTECH, Ogbomoso, presented at the meeting would be treated separately, noting that another meeting would be held within the next 14 days.

Ogunesan said the meeting would be between Oyo and Osun States and was to work out modalities for settling the outstanding arrears.

It will be recalled that workers in the institutions had staged several protests over the nonpayment of their arrears.

The State Government also reduced the subvention due to the institutions, calling on them to generate revenue to shore up the shortfall.

Ogunesan said the resultant effect of the reduction in subvention had led to the payment of half salaries to workers and the accumulated arrears.

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