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Strike cripples activities at poly

Lecturers of Akanu Ibiam Federal Polytechnic, Unwanna Afikpo, Ebonyi State, yesterday protested against the management following a salary cut.

Lecturers of Akanu Ibiam Federal Polytechnic, Unwanna Afikpo, Ebonyi State, yesterday protested against the management following a salary cut.

According to them, their Peculiar Academic Allowance (PAA) was withdrawn by the management.

The protest paralysed academic activities.

Over 500 lecturers carried placards: “Rector, pay our Peculiar Academic Allowance”; “Bursar pay us our PAA”; “We say no to PAA withdrawal”; “Give us our PAA”; “We are suffering”, among others.

They besieged the rector and bursar’s offices to register their grievances, led by Chairman of the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP), Comrade Karl Nworu. They vowed to continue to protest until their allowance is restored.

The Rector, Ogbonnia Ibe-Enwo, who addressed the protesters, blamed the withdrawal of the allowance on a shortfall in salaries.

But the lecturers said they were not satisfied with the Rector’s response, saying he was insincere.

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