Management of the Rufus Giwa Polytechnic, Owo, Ondo state, has on Tuesday shutdown the institution after the polytechnic’s chapter of the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics had a protest over unpaid salaries.
ASUP disclosed they were being owed five months salaries by the management of the polytechnic.
Schoolworld gathered that the lecturers’ protest disrupted social and academic activities on the campus of the polytechnic as the examinations scheduled to start on Tuesday could not commence.
While addressing journalists, the ASUP Chairman of the polytechnic, Mr. Rafiu Ijawoye accused the management of the school of not paying attention to the welfare of his members.
He alleged that the management refused to pay their backlog of salaries after allegedly receiving N1.7 billion from the state government, adding that the promotion exercise for lecturers of the Polytecchnic had not been conducted since 2017.
“We decided to have a peaceful rally against the opposition and oppression of the school management on the issue of welfare of members. I’m bringing to the attention of the public the precarious situation and the danger looming in the polytechnic community,” he stated.
“The Governor has done his best in the last few months in bailing us out. Before the last accreditation exercise, the management owed us about eight months salaries and the government released N1.7 billion for payment of arrears and oyher emoluments,” he added.
The ASUP chairman has called on Governor Rotimi Akeredolu to apoint a substantive Rector for the institution, saying that would save the system from collapse.