TASCE, Management, OGHA Meeting Ends in Deadlock
The aggrieved members of staff of the Tai Solarin College of Education, TASCE, Omu-Ijebu, Ogun State, have turned deaf ears to the plea of the State House of Assembly, over the backlogs of their salary and other issues.
The protesting staff had followed the members of Coalition of TASCE Staff who attended a meeting in Abeokuta, with the members of the House of Assembly Committee on Education, Science and Technology, as well as other stakeholders.
Addressing the meeting, the Chairman of the Coalition, Mr. Daniel Aborisade said the staff had vowed not to allow normalcy in the College except there was immediate payment of fifteen out the thirty months salary arrears, promotion of staff, recall of two suspended union leaders and remittance of contributory pension by the State government.
Responding, the Provost of the College, Dr. Adeola Kiadese who noted that there was no fund yet to meet up with the demand of the salary arrears which totaled one point four billion naira, stated that other demands would be met as soon as the staff returned to work.
In a remark, the Chairman, Ogun State House of Assembly Committee on Education, Science and Technology, Mr. Olayiwola Ojodu appealed to the members of Coalition of TASCE staff to dialogue with other staff to allow normalcy in the College and give the House of Assembly three weeks to work out modalities for amicable resolution of their grievances.
Meanwhile, the issue took another dimension when other staff of the College waiting at the entrance of the House of Assembly showed their dissatisfaction with the outcome of the meeting and chanted various abusive songs directed at the Provost of the College.
Efforts made by the Speaker of the House of Assembly, Prince Suraj Adekunbi and other lawmakers to pacify the aggrieved staff proved abortive as they demanded for the immediate removal of the Provost of the College from office.
However, during the plenary, the House of Assembly had passed the bills seeking to rename Tai Solarin College of Education, TASCE, to Ogun State College of Education, and other two institutions namely, Ogun State College of Health Technology, Ilese-Ijebu, to Ogun State Polytechnic of Health and Allied Sciences, and Gateway Polytechnic, Igbesa, to Ogun State Institute of Technology.