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TASCE workers report Amosun to Buhari over N4bn arrears

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Tunji Bosun, Abeokuta

The employees of Tai Solarin College of Education,Omu-Ijebu,Ogun State, on Tuesday asked President Muhammadu Buhari to pressure on the state government to pay them their salary arrears.

In a Save Our Soul letter to Buhari, the workers complained that the state government was owing them N4bn Consolidated Tertiary Institutions Salary Structure and Consolidated University Academic Salary Structure arrears from July 2009 to October 2018.

The money, according to the workers, is being owed them by both the administrations of Gbenga Daniel and Ibikunle Amosun.

They called on Buhari to tell the Amosun government to use the last tranche of the Paris Club refund to pay them their entitlements, claiming that the college had never benefited from the payment of the previous tranches.

The workers also asked the state government to restore their salary to 100 per cent with effect from October, 2018.

The letter read in part, “We were further subjected to frustration and untold hardship by the government due to the non-payment of salary for 14 consecutive months.

“After much persuasion and appeals to the government vis-à-vis the appointment of a new provost for the college, the state government resumed the payment of half salary with effect from August, 2016 to July 2017 and October 2017.

“Between August, 2017 to the time of writing this report, the percentage of the monthly salary paid workers in the college has increased to 60 per cent (September 2017 to September 2018).”

“Between May 2011 and October 2018, the college has lost 45 employees. Some of them died because of little medical expenses that could not be paid at hospital.”

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