The Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP), Sunday accused Abia state government of owing staff of the state polytechnic, Aba about N3.3billion.
President of the union, Comrade Anderson Ezeibe, in a statement said this amount does not include emoluments which accrued from staff promotions withheld since 2015.
Comrade Ezeibe while lamenting the situation, which he said, claimed the lives of 11 of the union members over the 21-month salary arrears, called for urgent intervention by well meaning Nigerians to prevail on the state governor, Okezie Ikpeazu to pay the money owed the institution to avert more calamity
“In all, the Abia state government owes the polytechnic a total of Three Billion, One hundred Million Naira (N3.1bn) in unreleased subventions, while staff of the polytechnic are cumulatively owed about Three Billion, Three Hundred Million Naira (N3.3bn).
“This is excluding emoluments which should have accrued from staff promotions withheld since 2015.Within the period, 21 months of salaries are unpaid and as a consequence, our union has lost 11 members since 2017, while some others are facing one form of diseased condition or the other with the wellbeing of their families in jeopardy,” he said.
Speaking further on the development, the ASUP president said “the Polytechnic which has been on a monthly subvention of ninety million naira (N90M) since 2014, had a salary wage bill of about One hundred and seventy two (N172M) as at September, 2019.
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