Unpaid 13 Months Salaries: Workers Of Edo State Polytechnic Protest
Staff of the Edo State Polytechnic, Usen under the aegis of Senior Staff Association of Nigeria Polytechnics, Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics and Non-academic Staff Union have staged a protest over non-payment of their 13 months salaries by the state government.
The workers barricaded all the entrance gates of the institution on Tuesday as they called on the state Governor, Godwin Obaseki to pay their salaries or else they would not resume for work.
The workers also stated that the government had failed to establish pension schemes for them and implement the 65 years retirement age for the workers.
The workers lamented that no new structure was being put in place at the Polytechnic, saying that the school presently lacked modern infrastructure.
Last year, Governor Obaseki inaugurated a committee of inquiry, precisely in August 2017, to investigate the management of the polytechnic in the areas of funding, admission and staffing, as part of efforts to revamp the institution.
Speaking to our correspondent, the Chairman of ASUP in the institution, Mr Paul Aziegbemhin, said that the union met with the governor in 2017 where he promised to improve the workers’ welfare.
However, since then, nothing is forthcoming. There is no improvement rather, things are degenerating every day. The governor promised to pay us before Christmas in 2017. Up till now, we have not received anything,” Aziegbemhin said.