The Lagos State Government has issued a strong warning to the management of state-owned institutions following the disruption of academic activities by Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), and the Non- Academic Staff Union (NASU) of the Lagos State University (LASU) campus, Ojo, over unpaid minimum wages.
The Special Adviser on Education to Governor Babjide Sanwo-Olu, Tokunbo Wahab, in a statement shared with newsmen, Monday urged managements of state-owned tertiary institutions to ensure prompt payment of staff salaries to avoid future occurrence of unnecessary protests
According to the statement, the institution receives N450,000,000.00 monthly as subvention and are expected to prioritise staff welfare by ensuring prompt payment of salaries as at when due.
The state government clarified that all salaries and entitlements were being approved as at when due for the institution and that payment of salaries lies with the school management and not directly from the government.
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“We wish to state categorically that Lagos State University, like other subvented MDAs, collects the sum of N450,000,000.00 (Four hundred and fifty million nairas) every month from the Lagos State Government as Subvention. The Government expects the institutions to also be responsible for the application of the funds and the staffing of the institutions. We must also have at the back of our mind that they have IGR which they generate and not accountable to government on how same is expended.
“Aside the subvention, the government is also responsible for the infrastructural developments (which include the recently approved 8,000 plus bed hostel in this same LASU) of the institutions and other ancillary things including payment for accreditation exercise for which the last one cost the government close to N500m.
“We expect that the management of these institutions pay up their staff salaries to avoid situations that looks more like deliberate sabotaging of the efforts of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu led administration as we prepare for schools resumption this week,” the statement said.