The Senior Staff Association of Nigeria Polytechnics (SSANIP) and Non-Academic Staff Union (NASU) have begun an indefinite strike over non-payment of their entitlements.
Academic activities at the institution were paralysed following a peaceful demonstration by the unions.
The protesters trooped out en-mass and carrying placards with various inscriptions to show their grievances on how the Polytechnic management had failed to complied with review of the scheme of service as directed by the National Board of Technical Education (NBTE) in 2013.
Some of the placards read: “full implementation of 2013 scheme of service”, “stop victimising our members”, “inconsistency in staff placement” and “pay all arrears of promotion up to date” among other.
The Chairmen of SSANIP and NASU, Comrade Johnson Adekanola and Comrade George Akintola, respectively, argued that all Federal Polytechnics have been using the 2013 scheme of service.
Adekanola said that since 2013, the federal government rolled out the scheme of service that NBTE should implement.
He said “since 2013 the federal government roll out the scheme of services through the NBTE and it has been giving to other federal institution except the Federal Polytechnic, Ede”.
He alleged the rector of the institution, Mr Patrick Hussain, of not complying with the federal government directive to implement the scheme of service in the school.
Adekanola noted that the indefinite strike would be total and “we are nominating the monitoring unit to deal with anybody that does not comply will the strike action”.
“We are setting up a monitoring team from the two unions to coordinate the strike for effectiveness.
Also speaking, the National Secretary of SSANIP, Comrade Monday Jegede, said the national body of the association is in support of the strike by the unions.
“I was here last week to settle the problem between the unions and the management of the institution but fortunately the management was not willing to yield.
“They were saying that they did not have a rector and acting rector.
“But what they have is general overseer and I told them that it was alien to tertiary institutions that no institution does that,” Jegede said.
According to him, the law that established federal polytechnic does not permit general overseer that it was in the church that they use general overseer.
The chairman of SSANIP, Federal Poly Offa, Comrade Ayodele Bamikole, also averred that the union chapter of the association in offa was strongly behind their colleagues in the struggle to claim their rights.
He said the unions in Offa Poly have unanimously agreed to support their counterpart in federal Poly Ede to move their secretariat to the institution in the need warrant it.
From Saheed Adeyemi, Osogbo.