Academic activities were yesterday paralyzed at the Federal Polytechnic, Ado Ekiti, as the workers of the institution embarked on strike to protest non payment of their allowances. The members are also demanding the sacking of the Rector, Dr. Theresa Akande, for an alleged financial fraud.
The development paralysed academic activities in the institution. Leaders of the unions: ASUP, SSANIP and NASU, Comrade Tunji Owoye, Dr Oluwole Ayeni and Prince Adekunle Adeniyi respectively led the protest.
They accused the rector of not remitting about N350m cooperatives funds as well as engaging in illegal pension deductions from contract staff.
The workers, who operated under the auspices of Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics; Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Polytechnic and Non-Academic Staff Union, started the protest at about 7.00 a.m., as they blocked the main entrance of the institution and prevented staff and students from gaining entry.
But the rector bluntly accused the workers of impatience and nursing a hidden agenda, asking them to wait for the report of an independent panel set up to investigate the allegation.
But the rector, who dismissed the allegation through the Deputy Registrar, Information and Protocol, Mr. Adeyemi Adejolu, accused the workers of impatience and nursing a hidden agenda, asking them to wait for the report of an independent panels.
According to her, the workers would have waited for the outcome of the probe they jointly called for before resorting to protest.
Akande said, “Why can’t they wait for the outcome of Federal Government’s intervention in this matter? They had petitioned the EFCC and ICPC and the anti-graft bodies are intervening. I expect that they await the outcome if they are not pursuing selfish agenda.”
The rector, who said her administration had been transparent in all its financial dealings, accused the workers of not following due process before embarking on the protest.
She urged them to embrace dialogue rather than confrontation that could affect the peace and co-existence in the institution.
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