Olufemi Atoyebi, Ibadan
Academic and administrative activities at the University of Ibadan came to a halt on Monday as a result of a strike embarked upon by the Non-Academic Staff Union of the institution.
The entrance gates and administrative offices at the school were locked by the workers, thereby blocking other people from gaining access into the school.
Non-academic staff of the university commenced the strike last week because of what they described as illegal deductions of pension money from their salaries. However, academic and administrative works were allowed to take place after persuasion from the school authority. Aside the pension deduction issue, the workers are also asking for unpaid promotion arrears, shortfall in salary payment, and welfare of staff school workers, among other sundry issues.
In some lecture halls where teaching was going on, students and their lecturers were forced to vacate the halls.
Chairman of Governing Council, UI, Dr. Umar Mustapha, earlier met with stakeholders in the school and set up a staff audit committee to look into the matter.
Mustapha was reported to have appealed to the union leaders to suspend the strike but the workers insisted that the school bursar, Michael Alatise, should refund all money allegedly illegally deducted from their salaries before they would suspend the strike.