The Vice Chancellor of the Osun State University, Osogbo, Prof. Labode Popoola, has told staff of the university who join the ongoing strike by the Non Academic Staff Union of Universities that they would not get their salaries for the period of the strike.
Briefing newsmen over the strike action, the Vice Chancellor noted that he had met with workers several times on the issue and others and made the financial position of the University known to them, adding that non-academic unions members are not the only body affected.
Popoola blamed the inability of the University to pay the money on paucity of funds.
He noted that despite the financial situation of the University, salaries were paid promptly, a situation he said does not obtain in most state Universities across the country.
According to him, the University is being funded through Internally Generated Revenue, the bulk of which comes from the fees paid by students, adding that other sources that are expected to contribute to the funding of the University are not doing so because of lack of fund.
The Vice Chancellor, who said the University authorities have resolved to adopt the “no work no pay” rule on adamant workers, said attendance register has already been opened for workers to ensure that the go back to work.
Popoola called on eminent citizens of the state, parents and guardians, students and well wishers to prevail on the workers to return to work and give the University peace to move on in the interest of the students and service to humanity.
The Vice Chancellor expressed surprise that the workers are not appreciative of receiving their full salaries while some categories of workers in the service of the same state government are earning modulated salaries as a result of meagre resources at the disposal of government.
He lamented the insensitivity of workers to the plight of students who according to him will bear the burnt of the action.