The Osun State staff of the research institute, Nasu in ile-ife are on a peaceful protest over an alleged non-implementation of agreement they entered into with the Federal Government.
They bombarded the Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) Campus to protest the Federal Government’s neglect and lip service to the research for development and the failure to pay their salaries.
The protesters includes staff under the Non-Academic Staff Union ( NASU ), National Centre for Technology Management ( NACETEM ) and Prototype Engineering Development Institute (PEDI).
They also demanded for the payment of their 12 months arrears and separation of research fund from the capital projects among others.
They carried placards which had various inscriptions such as ; “FG pay our12 Months Arrears”, “FG Increase funding of research institute”, “Implementation of 65 years retirement age and “Withdrawal of non-skipping Circular” among others.
The branch Chairman of Prototype Engineering Development Institute (PEDI), Ilesa, Mr Adewale Akinboro during the protest said, “the union had embarked on the industrial strike action about 80 days ago so as to press home their demand”.
He added that the decision of NASU to stage a protest was taken after the Federal Government ignored their demands.
He noted that they want the Federal Government to separate their research fund from capital project and pay the 12 months salary arrears on Consolidated Research and Allied Institutions Salary Structure (CONRAISS) and implement other issues as agreed upon in the interim report of the Presidential Committee.
The unions also urged Federal Government to respect the content of the interim report of the President Committee and pay the 12 months salary arrears to the workers of the Research Institutions and stop paying lip service to issues affecting the Research .