Kwara College workers bemoan six months salary arrears

By Balkis Tijani.

Workers of Kwara State-owned College of Arabic and Islamic Legal Studies (CAILS) have lamented the non-payment of their salaries since January.

They attributed their plight to the failings of the previous administration, which according to them, had little interest in education.

Speaking yesterday in an event organized by Media Advocacy and Technologies Centre (MATEC) to commemorate this year’s World Environment Day, the Academic Staff Union Chairman of the college, Musa Mahmud, appealed to the Kwara State Governor, AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq to consider their predicament.

He said, “The presence of government has not been felt in this school since 2003 till date.

“The new All Progressives Congress (APC) government is our own. The current administration is our collective decision. Many of us are not happy. As I am talking to you, I am holding back tears because the last administration turned us into destitute.”

Mahmud narrated the hardship being suffered by staff of the state-owned college.

“We have been living at the mercy of others to survive and keep our children in their schools. We had to go cap in hand to make sure that our children are not sent out of schools as we could not pay school fees. We lived on the mercy of our relatives during the just concluded Ramadan fast. From the beginning of this year we have not earned a kobo as staff of this college”, he said.

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