Academic and non-academic activities have been paralysed at the Ibarapa Polytechnic, Eruwa, Oyo State, as workers in the institution embarked on an indefinite strike over unpaid salaries.
The striking staff had, on Wednesday, protested and declared an indefinite strike over the nonpayment of their 24 months salaries and other entitlements by the state government.
It was gathered that the protesting workers, comprising 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 and the school 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 and visitors to the institution.
Our correspondent learnt that the protesting workers, on Tuesday, advised the institution’s students not to come near the Ibarapa Polytechnic campus as they would not be allowed into the campus nor would any lecture be allowed to hold.
The source hinted that as early as 7am, the protesting workers stormed the institution and chased 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.
Speaking with newsmen, 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 the state government failed 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 eight and 24 months.” he said.
Comrade Akande added, “it varies, as at the last time that we met, it was between eight and 24 months. You can see that Oke-Ogun Polytechnic, Saki is also on 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 presently on strike due to the failure of the state government to offset their salaries and other entitlements running from eight 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”.
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