Afe Babalola University, Ado-Ekiti (ABUAD), a prominent Nigerian higher education institution, has recently introduced a substantial salary increment of 35% for its workforce to mitigate the impact of the fuel subsidy removal.
In a recent interaction with reporters in Ado-Ekiti, Aare Afe Babalola, SAN, emphasized that this salary increase adheres to the newly approved consolidated University Salary Structure established by the federal government. He underscored the paramount importance of his staff members’ well-being, which motivated the implementation of this salary structure.
The esteemed legal expert went on to mention that the disbursement of the 35% raise has already commenced, even as the federal government continues negotiations with Organized Labor. This revised salary structure applies to a wide range of personnel within ABUAD, including both academic and non-academic staff, employees at the Multisystem Hospital and Industrial Park, as well as ABUAD International School staff, among others.
In his own words, Babalola stated, “The welfare of my educators is of utmost concern, given the ongoing economic challenges in the country. The increased transportation and market costs have made life more difficult for them. I am committed to retaining my staff and ensuring they remain content. Thus, irrespective of whether the government fulfils its promise of a minimum wage increase, I have already taken this step for my employees.”
Notably, last week, traditional rulers in Ekiti State, led by the Ewi of Ado-Ekiti, Oba Rufus Adejugbe Aladesanmi, paid a visit to the institution. They praised the founder for his significant contributions to the socio-political and educational advancement in Ekiti State and the nation at large. They also acknowledged his efforts in the fields of Agriculture, Health, Sports, and Law, and they lauded the salary increase as a measure that would enable staff to carry out their duties more comfortably in the face of the country’s economic challenges.
The Vice Chancellor of ABUAD, Professor Smaranda Olarinde, extended her profound appreciation to the founder, promising unwavering support from the management. The institution’s staff members also expressed their sincere gratitude to the legal luminary for the timely relief from the challenges posed by the subsidy removal, converging on the founder’s office to convey their heartfelt thanks.
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