By Tope Sunday, Ilorin
Workers of Kwara State College of Education, Oro, have embarked on an indefinite strike over unpaid eight months salary arrears.
The workers, who commenced the industrial action on Tuesday, said the strike became imperative after series of consultations and appeals to the Kwara State Government and its agencies did not yield any fruitful result.
A statement issued in Ilorin on Wednesday by Comrade AbdulKareem Amuda-Kannike on behalf of members of the three labour unions in the institution, lamented that the economic hardship faced by the striking workers over the unpaid eight months salary is no longer bearable.
“The economic hardship we are facing now has become unbearable and can no more be tolerated”, the statement said.
The statement added that the workers can no longer guaranteed a conducive learning environment at the institution.
The statement said all offices and lecture rooms at the college would remain shut until their eight months salary arrears are settled.
But reacting to the development, the state government blamed it on the failure of many students of the institution to pay their school fees.
The state Commissioner for Tertiary Education, Hajia Aminat Ahmed, said the issue of salary arrears had been tabled before Governor AbdulFatah Ahmed for consideration.