[Edo]– Members of the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnic, (ASUP) Auchi chapter, has demanded the removal of the principal head of Auchi polytechnic, the acting rector Mr. Jafaru Buraimah, Mr. Patrick Owie the bursar, and the registrar, Dr Mrs. Aashipelokhai Margaret, for alleged financial and administrative fraud.
This was made known during a peaceful protest conducted by members of the union on Thursday 24 February, 2017, in the institution.
The protesting lecturers settled at new rector block, carrying placards to pass across their demands, which include the removal of the principal officers and the payment of their unremitted deduction of 1.8 billion naira.
It should be recalled that the joint action congress (JAC) which includes members of The Academic Staff Union of Polytechnic (ASUP), Non Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (NASUP), and Senior Staff Association of Nigeria Polytechnics (SSANIP) embarked on an indefinite strike from the first day in February 2017, over the failure of institution’s management to enroll members on “CONTISS 15 Migration Salary Structure for Level 11 downward, promotion arrears and the demand for the full payment of their outstanding allowance and other pending issues.
To this, the Acting Rector has appealed the various unions, on February 11, 2017, that they should go and resume their officials duties so that the system can function normally. According to him, the management could no longer fund the CONTISS 15 Migration salaries for level 11 downward, adding that it does not have cash backing by the Federal Government. He said that management had been using its internally generated revenue to pay workers’ salaries, adding that the attitude was no longer sustainable.
However, one of the member of ASUP (Auchi chapter), who chose to remain anonymous said that the management did not want to pay all the outstanding money.
According to him, if that be the case, they need a new management who will comply with them. Until their demands are met, the strike will remain in perpetuation.