By: BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
Academic and non academic workers at the Ibarapa Polytechnic, Eruwa on Wednesday protested and declared an indefinite strike over the non payment of their 24months salaries and other entitlements by the Oyo state government.
New Nigerian gathered that the protesting workers comprising of members of Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Polytechnics (SSANIP) and Non Academic Staff Union (NASU) declared an indefinite strike as the meeting between the union leaders in the Institution and the Management ended in deadlock.
It was learnt that the workers during the protest early in the morning locked all the gates leading into the Institution, as well as turning back students as well as visitors from the institution.
Sources at Ibarapa Polytechnic informed our Correspondent that the protesting workers on Tuesday advised the Institution’s students not to come near the Ibarapa Polytechnic campus as they will not be allowed into the campus not allow any lecture to hold.
The source hinted that as early as 7am, the protesting workers stormed the Institution and chase out the few students found within the campus after which the workers declared an indefinite strike over the nonpayment of their salaries and other entitlements from the state government.
Speaking with newsmen on phone about these protest, Chairman, of the Non Academic Staff Union (NASU), The Polytechnic Ibadan chapter, Comrade Ibrahim Akande confirmed the commencement of the indefinite strike adding that workers of the Polytechnic Ibadan will also join the strike if Oyo state government fails to address the demands of the workers.
“Yes, I can confirm to you that SSANIP and NASU members at the Ibarapa Polytechnic Eruwa have declared an indefinite strike over the nonpayment of their salaries and other entitlements running between 8 and 24 months.” he said.
Comrade Akande added “it varies, as at the last time that we met, it was between 8 and 24 months. You can see that Oke-Ogun Polytechnic, Saki is also in strike. They are currently on strike due to nonpayment of their salaries and other entitlements. SSANIP and NASU members in Saki are on strike too. Others are about to join.
The NASU Chairman stressed that already, SSANIP and NASU members at Ibarapa Polytechnic Eruwa and Oke-Ogun Polytechnic Saki are present on strike due to the failure of the state government to offset their salaries and other entitlements running from 8 to 24 months, adding that “it is only The Polytechnic Ibadan that is yet to join the strike, as workers at the Oke-Ogun Polytechnic, Saki are already on strike.
“So, you can see that strike is looming in all the tertiary institutions in Oyo state. That of Polytechnic Ibadan is also looming. We are still waiting. It is only The Polytechnic Ibadan that is not on strike now. Yes, I can confirm to you”.