The Academic Staff Union of Polytechnic, Adamawa State Polytechnic chapter has protested the non payment of their Students’ Industrial Work Experience Scheme (SIWES) allowances running into several millions of naira.

The action last week led to the closure of the institution even as the lecturers are insisting of collecting all their three years arrears in full before they could go back to work. But the authorities have directed the students to resume for academic works while the lecturers kicked against it.

However, the ASUP chairman of the polytechnic, Comrade Coleman Goji called on the both lecturers or students to disregard the directive, saying the strike will not be called off until their demands were met.

Addressing journalists on the issue, Dr. Coleman Koji blamed the management for the development, saying it was avoidable if the management was willing to pay the allowance, which he said was 15 per cent of their basic salaries.

He said allowing the allowance to be accumulated to over N160 million covering three years made the situation worse. He noted that if the management had considered the payment necessary, it should have done so from the N350 million the school generated internally.

Now, grapevine gathered that the management had tried to cause division among the lecturers by paying some of them two per cent instead of 15 per cent of the allowance.

The management is also maintaining that the school had reopened for academic activities.

The Rector, Prof. Bobboi Umar who spoke through Information Officer, Mr. Albert Mathila insisted academic activities have resumed.

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