Aregbesola, Osun lecturers at war over mass sack

Osun State Governor, Rauf Aregbesola, has fired lecturers and other members of staff at the Osun State Colleges of Education in Ilesa and Ila Orangun.

The termination letters for the affected staff, were taken to the two institutions from the Ministry of Education, Osogbo on Friday.

However, the workers blatantly refused to collect the letters.

The appointment of 37 lecturers, 34 non-teaching staff were terminated in Ila Orangun while 34 workers, including lecturers, were fired at Ilesa.

The Chairman of the College of Education Academic Staff Union, Ila Orangun branch, Segun Onifade, said no fewer than 71 members of staff, including lecturers were affected in the mass sack.

Onifade disclosed that the union instructed the affected lecturers not to collect the termination letters.

Meanwhile, the Chairman and Secretary of Council of Academic Staff Unions of Osun State Owned Tertiary Institutions, Jimoh Lasisi and Olusegun Lana, released a statement regarding the state government’s action.

“Letters of termination of appointment were issued to several members of staff in Osun State owned Tertiary Institutions on Friday.

“This is coming just a few hours after the Academic Staff Unions notified the government of its readiness to take ‘any necessary action of last resort’ after the failure of government to address festering issues despite the unions’ several pleas and ultimatum.”

“The union has directed members not to collect any letter while congress holds soon to decide the next line of action,” the statement said.

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