Members of the Non-Academic Staff Union and Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Polytechnics, of the Moshood Abiola Polytechnic (MAPOLY), Abeokuta, staged a protest over non-payment of their three months’ salary.
The protesters carried placards with various inscriptions such as ‘Enough of suffering and smiling’, ‘Implementation of minimum wage’ and ‘Pay our pension deduction’, and asked the government to come to their rescue.
The workers who walked around the school premises went to the administrative block and later blocked the entrance to the school.
They called on the government of Ogun State to take over the running of the school, following the failure of the management of the school to meet up with its mandate.
The Chairman of SSANIP, MAPOLY chapter, Dada Olalekan, said the workers had no future working with MAPOLY due to how the school was being administered.
Olalekan advised the state government to emulate the Oyo, Lagos and Osun state governments by taking over the account of the school and paying directly from the government.
Olalekan said, “The reason we are here is to demand our entitlements.
“The management of MAPOLY is owing us three months’ salary from October 2022. All other institutions and government agencies are collecting a minimum wage, MAPOLY has refused to implement the minimum wage. The management is owing us 55 months pension arrears.
“As I speak, nobody has a pension future here. If anybody retires tomorrow, there’s no future or pension for that person.
“The last promotion that was done in MAPOLY was in 2019; 2020 t0 2022 promotions are still in arrears, the appointment promotion has not been done since 2019, colleagues in other institution have overtaken us because of promotion and appointment.
“The government should take account of MAPOLY and start to pay us as it is being done in all other states like Oyo State.
“Oyo State has more higher institutions and they pay all their salaries before 25th of every month 100%.”
Corroborating his colleague, the Chairman, NASU, MAPOLY branch, Kolawole Sopade said MAPOLY is being run like a private institution were the only source of revenue is school fees.
He said “The salary we are talking about now, if we collect it, there is no assurance that we will collect another salary in three months based on the JAMB and NBTE quota they gave to us.
“If we enroll students now with limited quota they gave to us, and the limited school fees they are going to pay, there is no means of survival after March or April, that is why we are calling on government to come to our aid.”