In response to the recent removal of subsidies on Premium Motor Spirit (PMS), commonly known as petrol, the University of Ibadan in Oyo State has introduced a temporary work schedule adjustment for its staff. According to a press release numbered 4642 and dated August 14, 2023, signed by G.O. Saliu, Registrar and Secretary to the
The decision, made after careful consideration by the university’s management, aims to alleviate the financial strain faced by salary earners due to the increased transportation costs and the rising cost of living following the surge in fuel prices. The statement emphasized that this adjustment was endorsed by the university’s senate during its meeting on August 3, 2023, and will come into effect starting from August 14.
However, the university’s essential service personnel are exempt from this revised work schedule. The statement also encouraged staff members to maintain their dedication and adapt to open communication and cooperation, ensuring a smooth workflow. It suggested that remote work should be considered where and when applicable. The university administration called upon deans, directors, heads of departments, and units to collaborate for the seamless implementation of this work arrangement.
The university recognized the significant economic challenges posed by the substantial increase in fuel prices due to the government’s removal of subsidies. As a response to these difficulties faced by many Nigerians, particularly those who commute daily for work, the institution took this step to balance the impact on its staff while continuing its operations. The management emphasized that they would monitor the situation and adjust the arrangement accordingly as circumstances improve.