Federal Poly Ado-Ekiti: Unionscall for Rector’s sack

Education

Three major unions at The
Federal Polytechnic, Ado-Ekiti,
Ekiti State, yesterday called for
the sack of the Rector, Mrs
Theresa Akande, and top
officials of the school.
They vowed to continue the boycott
of official duties and stay off
work because of what they
described as the intransigence of
the Rector on unpaid backlog of
their Hazard, Peculiar and Field
Trip allowances.
The Administrative Staff Union
of Polytechnics (ASUP), the
Senior Staff Association of
Nigerian Polytechnics (SSANIP),
and the Non-Academic Staff
Union (NASU) said the Rector
has been withholding their
allowances, despite appeals by the
Federal Government.
They said Mrs Akande should be
relieved of her job to enable the
institution “move forward in the
way of progress and peace”.
The unions alleged that authorities
of the polytechnic have “decided
to adopt divide-and-rule tactics by
paying a select category of their
(unions’) members the 35 months’
arrears of their Field Trip
Allowance after weeks of
meetings and frustrating wait.
They blocked the main entrance to
the institution, preventing free
movement into and out of the
school.
The chairmen of two of the
unions, Prince Ade Adeniyi
(NASU) and Dr. Ayeni Oluwole
(ASUP), said they would resist
what they called the school
management’s plan to repress them
on non-payment of the allowances.
Adeniyi alleged that the
management has spent over N100
million on unimportant journeys
instead of paying the workers’
allowances.
He urged the Minister of
Education, Prof Ruqqayatu
Rufa’I, to intervene on the matter
and resolve the ill-treatment being
meted out to the workers.
Adeniyi said: “It is very sad that
…Mrs Akande is applying
divide-and-rule to weaken the
unions and cause confusion, so that
she can get away with the
allowances.
“We want to make it clear that we
are resolute to confront the
management on the matter and we
are making it clear that we are
fighting a just course. But it is
unfortunate that the management
is proving to be anti-workers by
the way it handles the matter.”
The Deputy Rector, Academic, Dr
Nnamdi Aboloma, yesterday
denied the allegations against the
Rector.
He explained that the institution
adopted piecemeal payment of the
allowances.
He said the workers are in various
categories, depending on whether
or not they have submitted their
10-digit NUBAN accounts – in
line with the polytechnic’s banks’
directive.
Aboloma said: “Despite the
explanations, some of the workers
still gave their old account
numbers, which the banks have
refused.”
He said the unions have not
responded to the authority’s appeal
to them to allow a few of their
members join the bursar to process
the payments.
The Deputy Rector added that “no
one came to join the bursar, thus
making the work rather difficult
for him”.
“Even those who should not join
in the strike at all, having joined
the institution after 2007, equally
joined. This is not justifiable,”
Aboloma said.
He advised the workers to embrace
the olive branch from the
authority, adding that the
development has grounded
academics.

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