No fewer than 581 Abia Poly Staff Feared Sacked in Abia State Polytechnic on Wednesday 10th January, 2018. According to the congregation meeting between the rector Professor Ezionye Eboh and other members of the polytechnic community yesterday, the two investigating panels set up by the Abia State Government last year indicted many members of staff of Abia State Polytechnic
This panel report which came in on December, 2017 has led to series of discussions between the state government, school management and various labour unions in the polytechnic but no concensus was reached. But as alert for April 2017 salaries came in on 10th January 2018 no fewer than 581 staff did not receive their salaries. This led to an emergency congress of the join Labour unions, which after their deliberations matched to Administrative Block of the polytechnic to protest the action, The Rector Professor Ezionye Eboh who came in a convoy of soldiers and other security operatives addressed the mammoth crowd in front of the polytechnic administration block that the action was as a result of the investigating panel report which came in on December and indicted many members of staff
He disclosed that only those staff who had no cases to answer in the panel report were paid with the available funds, he indicated that any staff who did not receive April 2017 salaries had cases to answer in the report. He pointed out that in a short time sack letters will be giving to indicted staff, he sited cases of age falsification and over population as possible reasons for their action
The ASUP chairman Comrade Umar G asked him about the plight of the staff who were delisted from the payroll; he denied that his comments did not indicate that those delisted staff will not be paid but according to him ” as more funds come from the state government we will do the needful” he said. As the mammoth crowd indicated interest to talk in a random manner, he dismissed the congregation to go back to their offices while further discussions will be held between management and union executives by 3pm
The joint leaders of the unions asked their members to go back to their offices but instructed that nobody should work or accept any disengagement letters until further instructions from the union leaders were received.