Some sacked workers of the Federal College of Agriculture, Akure, Ondo State, have called on the Federal Government to order the Provost of the institution, Dr. Samson Odedina, to pay their salaries.
The sacked workers alleged that the institution owed them between three and 11 months’ salaries.
This comes as a source alleged that the recent recruitment exercise carried out by the institution’s leadership did not follow due process.
One of the affected members of staff, who craved anonymity, said the institution owed him 11 months’ salaries.
The development, according to him, has made life difficult for him and members of his family.
He said, “We have been living an uneasy life because the school has refused to pay our salaries for the past 11 months. I have a family to take care of.
“On many occasions, we have to beg before we can feed our families. This is not fair. We are calling on the Federal Government to look into our plight and order the provost to pay all our salaries.”
A sacked worker, who identified himself as Jimoh, also explained that the institution owed him seven months before he was disengaged.
He said “We were casual workers and the school used to pay us N17,000 and it did not employ us when they were employing people. The management said we were too old for the employment but the school owed us seven months. After sacking us, we thought the provost would pay us our money but up till today, we have not got anything.
“The provost is not being kind to us. The former provost did not owe us and we had no problem with her. The present leadership has made life difficult for us.”
Meanwhile, It was gathered that the college last September 15 and 16 organised orientation courses for the 55 newly employed members of staff.
The college Registrar, O.P Owolabi, signed the internal memo directing the new recruits for the courses on September 6, 2016.
According to a source, who craved anonymity for fear of victimisation, the authorities of the college did not advertise the vacant positions, even as they did not respect the federal character principle.
The source said, “Many positions that were filled were not advertised. If the authorities claimed that they did, can they mention the platforms that they used for the advertisement?
“The sad thing is that the authorities sacked some old hands, who they owed salaries and replaced them with these new workers. The pertinent question is: why did they sack them and ask them to take up new contracts and forget about their arrears of salaries?”
However, the provost has denied the allegations that the college is owing any worker as well as recruited workers arbitrarily.
He confirmed the sacking of some ad hoc staff of the institution ( who are employed as farm attendants) but said he re-absorbed some of them that were qualified to work in the institution, adding that the recruitment exercise which was carried out recently followed due process.