The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) has issued a 14-day ultimatum to the management of Abia State Polytechnic (ABIAPOLY) and the state government to re-open the institution for normal academic activities.
The apex students body through its President, Comr. Aruna Kadiri told the institution’s management in a close-door meeting held today Thursday February 02, 2017.
NANS warned that it would proceed on a protest/civil unrest in Aba, the location of the school if ABIAPOLY wasn’t reopened.
Kadiri, who addressed management on the issue, stated that the fourteen-day ultimatum commenced from Thursday, February. 02, and ends on Thursday, February. 16.
“We understood that the major problem is the 8-months arrears of salaries owed which management attributed to irregular/non-payment of subvention from the state government. The management and state government have between now to 16 February to reopen the school or face protest/civil unrest in Aba ” Kadiri stated.
Recall, in December 2016, ABIAPOLY was shut-down by management following protest by the Academic Union of Polytechnics, ASUP and its affiliate unions in the state owned institution who were protesting the non-payment of 8 months arrears of salaries owed.
During the protest as reported by Vanguard, some of the workers bore placards which read; “we are not slaves, we deserved to live, You must pay us our 8months salaries, This is sheer wickedness and injustice, No money, but you have N2, 000, 000 to go to Abuja, Pay us our salaries, No more Council, change management in Abia Poly, Living is better than caskets, Another death has occurred on Saturday”.
He maintained that it is sad that lecturers who are the future builders, were subjected to such unimaginable hardship. “Pay workers their salaries, reopen the school,” NANS insists.
In attendance during the meeting was Ag Rector, Deputy Rector, SUG President, NANS National Financial Secretary, Zonal EXCO and other management staff.
Kadiri, who arrived the school today in the bid to find solution towards reopening of the school, yesterday Wednesday February 02, was at the Michael Okpara University of Agriculture Umudike, Abia State, on a solidarity visit. He was warmly received by the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Francis Ogbonnaya Otunta, a distinguished Professor of Mathematics who assumed office on Tuesday, March 1, 2016, DVC, SUG Officials, JCC Chairman, Zonal Financial Secretary, Stakeholders and Students.
In another development, NANS Zone B Coordinator, Comr. Pedro has been arrested by the police on order of UniPort’s Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Ndowa Lale. President Kadiri currently on his way to the school.
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