The Committee of Unions in Tertiary Institutions (CUTI), Kwara State has faulted the claims by the former Governor of Kwara state, AbdulFatah Ahmed that his administration was up to date in payment of state civil servants salary before he left office particularly the state owned Tertiary Institutions.
The committee in a statement signed by its state chairman, Comrade Imam Abdulkadir, described the claim by the former Governor through his aide, Dr Muideen Akorede as false and misleading.
Abdulkadir said state owned tertiary institutions were owed seven months’ salaries to the tune of N750million under the immediate past administration.
The union leader noted that the failure of the last administration to pay salaries of the state Colleges of Education and Colleges of Arabic and Islamic Legal Studies led to the industrial action embarked upon by the institutions three months to its tenure expiration.
According to him, despite the industrial disharmony between the Unions and the then government, the said seven months subventions and accreditation funds were not released to the Colleges until Governor Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq assumed office.
He added that Governor Abdulrazaq in September, 2019 completed the payment of all outstanding salary arrears owed the Colleges by the immediate past administration.
While disclosing that the incumbent Governor has released accreditation funds to all the state owned tertiary institutions, Abdulkadir faulted the policy of the last administration, who he said commercialized education.
“Similarly, Governor Abdulrazaq has presently released accreditation funds to all the state owned tertiary institutions.
“It is equal of note to state that His Excellency has also absorbed staffers of Demonstration schools of the Colleges who are owed 37 month salaries by the immediate past administration in the state,” he said.