Workers under the aegis of the Academic staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP), Polytechnic Ibadan chapter, on Monday embarked on an indefinite strike to press home their demand for the non-payment of five months’ salary arrears by the state government.
The industrial action paralyzed academic activities at the institution as the lecturers stayed away from work. Students who had come for lectures were seen discussing their frustration in hush tones among themselves.
Before the union announced the strike action, the aggrieved workers went round in procession to sensitise members on the industrial action following state government’s inability to pay outstanding salaries.
The state secretary of ASUP, comrade Akande Adekunle while speaking with newsmen in Ibadan said members of the union have been working under hunger because government failed to pay workers five months salary arrears.
Adekunle, who charged the state government to immediately offset the salary arrears without delay, noted that ASUP members have been experiencing irregularity in payment of their salaries since 2014, a situation which he said was not palatable to members as they do not have any other source of income.
Meanwhile, all efforts to speak with the Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the institution Adewole Soladoye on the matter proved abortive.
Despite the peaceful protest by ASUP members in the Polytechnic Ibadan, the Student Union Government of the institution has promised to revive the school radio which will create employment opportunities within the institution.
The newly elected SUG President Joseph Esho, while speaking with journalists during the swearing-in ceremony Monday , stated that the polytechnic radio is one of the innovations that the SUG plans to bring into the institution, one he believes will be a major way to communicate information to everyone.
Esho who expressed optimism towards the revival of the Poly Radio, promised to actualize it through consultations with major stakeholders in the sector.
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