Vanguard (Lagos)

Nigeria: Rector Locked Out As Workers Protest Non-Payment of Allowances

Two staff unions of the Federal Polytechnic, Ado Ekiti, on Friday locked out the Rector of the institution, Mrs Theresa Akande and other staff to protest non-payment of their allowances.

The unions are the coalition of Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Polytechnic (SSANIP) and Non Academic Staff Union (NASU) of Federal Polytechnic, Ado Ekiti.

The action came barely a week after the Non Academic Staff Union (NASU) of the Polytechnic staged a protest that paralysed academic activities in the institution.

The irate workers also declared an indefinite industrial action, which was to commence on Friday (May to press home their demands, just as they threatened to unseat the Rector for her alleged high-handedness.

The protesting workers locked the main gate of the institution and forced the staff to park their vehicles at the gate and trek almost a kilometer into the campus.

Addressing newsmen, Mr Monday Jegede, the National Secretary of SSANIP, criticised the alleged 'hard stance' of the Rector on the payment of 60 months' arrears of industrial Field trip allowance to the workers.

He also criticised the Rector for depriving the workers of their duty and hazard/high risk allowances despite the directive by the National Board for Technical Education (NBTE) that they should be paid.

Jegede directed that no worker should be allowed to resign his or her membership of the union during the industrial action.

However, the Rector of the institution, Mrs Theresa Akande debunked the allegations, saying the Federal Government had not approved the payment of these allowances.

She said that she had been prudent in the management of the institution's lean resources and dispelled the allegation of financial recklessness leveled against her.

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