The Kwara State government has denied daring the Committee of Union on Tertiary Institutions (CUTI) to embark on industrial action over unpaid salaries at the Tertiary Institutions.
This was contained in a statement issued via the State government’s facebook page on Wednesday (https://web.facebook.com/Kwaragovt/?_rdc=1&_rdr).
The statement noted that at no point did the Chief of Staff, Government House, Alhaji Yusuf Abdulwahab or any government official inform the workers to go on strike but rather sought to persuade them not to embark on strike on the grounds that it is unlikely to solve the salary issue which has been caused by financial challenges facing the State and others across the country.
The government added that embarking on strike might affect the institution’ student numbers and consequently its ability to generate revenue to meet salary obligations
The statement noted that the government rather urged CUTI to work with their management to identify alternative sources of revenue to be able to supplement government subvention to pay salaries.
The Government therefore urged members of the public to ignore the claims by CUTI as it had already paid the 2017 fourth quarter allocation to the institutions and is preparing to pay the 2018 first quarter allocation.
The State government promised to continue to support the institutions to enable them meet their commitments.