BY PETER OKUTU
ABAKALIKI — THE Rector, Akanu Ibiam Federal Polytechnic, Unwana, Afikpo, Ebonyi State, Professor Francis Otunta, has warned the executives and members of the Non Academic Staff Union of Educational and Associated Institutions of the Polytechnic not to engage in acts of violence and misconduct capable of undermining the status of the institution.
This is came as the union embarked on a one-day protest over Federal Government’s unwarranted neglect of polytechnic education in the country and unfulfilled demands of the union since 2009.
The protest, which witnessed large turn -out of NASU members within the polytechnic environment, saw them carrying placards with various inscriptions such as “IPPIS will not work for us. We don’t need it,” “NASU pleads. Pay us the arrears of CONTISS 15 migration,” “Please ensure continuity in the implementation of CONTISS 15 migration,” among others.
The rector, who charged them to maintain peace and order while advising the Federal Government to meet their demands, assured that their messages would be delivered to President Goodluck Jonathan through the supervising Minister of Education, Chief Ezenwo Nyesom Wike.
”While asking for your right do not go violent; do not do what will bring Akanu Ibiam Federal Polytechnic down; we have begun to develop, let us continue to develop. Let everybody contribute his or her quota in the upward movement of this institution.”