Kwara state governor,Ahmed is facing the wrath of the people,as they mark him very low in performance…and now they are willing to speak up after yers of suffering in silence..These are the thoughts of opinion leaders as union leaders and members of Kwara State College of Education, Ilorin, as well as members and supporters of Good Governance Forum on Wednesday protested in Kwara State.
Members of the College of Education Academic Staff Union protested at the gate of Kwara State College of Education, while members of the Good Governance Forun marched on many streets in Ilorin, including Taiwo and Unity roads.
COEASU Chairman, Dr Mamman Saba, said members of the union were being owed many months of salaries.
He also complained of dilapidated offices, toilets, hostels, classrooms, lack of water and electricity supply, as well as unsafe environment.
He lamented alleged poor staff welfare, which he said include promotion without financial backing, non-gazetting of 40/65 years in service, non payment of October 2015 incremental salary till date, promotion of staff from 2012 without change in salary and threat of retrenchment.
He said, “The management is financially incapacitated to run the college with internally generated revenue. So, subvention should be restored to the college.”
Members of the Good Governance Forum displayed placards with messages, including ‘Water reticulation since 1993, no water,’ ‘$60m loan is for slavery,’ and ‘N5,000 bursary for students during holiday is a scam.’
A member of the forum, Mr. Iyiola Oyedepo, said Kwara State had been misgoverned.
He stated that people were suffering in the state while white elephant projects, which had no direct impact on the people were being executed at the detriment of the masses.
He stated that residents of the state had been subjected to hardship, adding that people must demand good governance and accountability.