The Rector, Federal Polytechnic, Ado Ekiti, Mrs. Taiwo Akande has dismissed the allegation by the members of the Non-Academic Staff Union of the institution on the non-payment of their field allowances in the last five years as untrue.
Members of the union, who staged a protest last Wednesday on the issue of the non-payment of their allowances in the last five years, accused the Rector of spending their allowances on overseas trips.
Denying the allegations in Ado Ekiti on Monday, Akande said: “The Union demanded for their 60 months field trip allowance but I reminded them of an existing circular issued by the Federal Ministry of Education seven years ago that the field trip allowance was not approved under the new consolidated salary scheme of 2007 and any Rector that pays such amount of money will face the music. “How can we pay such money when the issue has been laid to rest seven years ago by the Federal Government?”
Akande further stated that after much pressure by the Union, a committee was set up by the Governing Council which agreed to pay 35 months’ arrears field allowance which the Minister of Education, Professor Rukayyatu Rufa’i, approved to be paid to beneficiaries within 25 months through the institution’s internally generated revenue (IGR).
Continuing, Akande said: “I have served the institution for 32 years and I am making efforts in training and empowerment of teaching and non-teaching staff within the two and half years of my administration.”
She appealed to the union leaders to prevail on their members to return to work as the management of the institution is still open for dialogue.