Businesses were paralysed yesterday at the University of Ibadan (UI), Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, following a protest by non-teaching staff unions.
They were protesting the non-payment of workers of the staff school, non-payment of arrears and non-remittance of deductions to their cooperative societies and unions since December 2015.
Members of the Non-Academic Staff Union (NASU), the Senior Staff Union of Universities (SSANU) and the National Association of Academic Technologists (NAAT) locked the main gate, causing a massive traffic jam.
NASU Chairman Segun Arojo and his SSANU counterpart, Wale Akinremi, shut down the school’s internal transport system, forcing freshmen and lecturers going for exams to trek.
UI is to resume formally next week but postgraduate examinations are ongoing in some departments.
Akinremi said the protest was also to draw attention to the non-democratic nature of the university administration.
He noted that the university administration had met with unions and acceded to act on some agreements which in the last few months had not been implemented.
A source, who pleaded for anonymity, told The Nation that the university had since November been receiving a shortfall from the Federal Government to the tune of N301million.
The source said the monthly wage bill stands at N932million but the school received N632million in December and N782million in January, which made remittance of deductions to unions and payment of arrears of allowances impossible.
The school’s spokesman, Olatunji Oladejo, said the university received a shortfall of funds from the Federal Government. This, he said, affected the deductions and cooperative.