By Bisi Olominu
Academic Staff Unions of four Osun Government-owned tertiary institutions have ended their industrial action.
The lecturers in the institutions had been on strike for over six months agitating for good welfare packages and demanding payment of their emoluments running to several months.
The strike was called off sequel to the meeting between state government and leadership of the academic union.
The union while signing an agreement with government at the Governor’s Office in Osogbo, listed as part of the conditions that the state should withdraw all legal suits against the union before the strike could be suspended.
Chief-of-Staff to Governor Rauf Aregbesola, Alhaji Gboyega Oyetolas after signing the agreement on behalf of the government, assured that government will honour the agreement.
He posited that the government, led by Governor Aregbesola is one that is committed to the welfare of its workers and citizens, that the governor has scored a lot of firsts in Nigeria in terms of workers’ welfare.
Oyetola called for the cooperation of the union in moving the state forward as it enters a new face of looking inward on how to increase the finances of the state and depend less on the Federal allocation.
According to him, “We have been having cordial relationship over the years, 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. 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 the matter 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 base. The support of all is needed to move the state forward”.
The state Chairman, Council of Academic Staff Unions of Osun state-owned tertiary institutions, Comrade Lasisi Jimoh commended the Governor for his understanding.
He noted that the union is ending the strike having realised that the state government “is committed to the continuous application of the Contributory Pension Scheme.”