The Ekiti State University (EKSU) chapter of the Academic Staff Union of Universities(ASUU) has said it is losing its members to death due to unpaid salaries.
The academic union said it has lost four of its members in the last two months alone due to the cumbersome financial burden placed on them by the non-payment of six months worth of salaries.
Speaking to newsmen in Ekiti during the weekend, the chapter chairman, Professor Olufayo Olu said apart from the losses, the quality and standard of service in the university has dropped drastically. He attributed this to poor funding by the state government.
According to him, the university requires a monthly subvention of N600m in order to meet the global standard but what it has been getting isN260m. Even at that, it is not regularly remitted to the institution.
He decried the disdain with which issues pertaining to EKSU and its teaching staff is taken. He said this is having an adverse effect on the school.
He said: “The university has a wage bill of N455m, so there is little we can do with a paltry sum of N260m monthly subvention from the government. Even, our university has not got any for about six months, the university has always been borrowing to pay net salary.
“Within the last one year, the total number of additional workers has almost caught up with total number of employees since inception in 1982 without increment in budgetary allocation to the institution.
“The consequences of poor funding and unregulated employment have been irregular payment of salaries, poor research, poor learning
environment, increased health casualties, epileptic power supply, inability to pass accreditation, staff and students’ agitations, among others.
“Only God will know the fate of the university by the time we have full- fledged College of Medicine , Pharmacy and Dentistry.
“Not minding the above, the lecturers have been working assiduously to bring the university to an enviable world class standard by all known means, a mission seemingly impossible except by a faithless faith”.