By Ugochukwu Alaribe
Aba—The Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics, ASUP, Abia State Polytechnic, Aba, has said it will not allow the 2014/15 second semester examination to hold in the Polytechnic, until the five months’ salary arrears owed its members are paid.
Vanguard gathered that the examinations scheduled to hold on Monday, could not take place as ASUP members refused to shield d ground to press home their demand for the payment of their arrears of salary and 14 months check off dues.
In a chat with Vanguard in Aba, Chairman of the ASUP, Abia Poly, Uma God’swill, insisted that there would be no examination in the institution until the arrears of salaries and check off dues were paid.
According to him, “We had a meeting with management today, but it ended in a deadlock. The Acting Rector is pleading with the Union to call of the strike, but the truth is that the examinations won’t take place without our salaries being paid. We are not quarrelling with anybody. Let them pay us our salaries; we will go back to classes. If the salaries are not paid, nobody will write examination in Abia Polytechnic. I assure you about that.”
Vanguard gathered that the Union had in a memo notified the management that members were going to ensure that the second semester examination of the institution did not hold as planned, if the salary arrears owed them were not paid.
But the Acting rector of the institution, Professor Uche Ikonne, in a meeting, pleaded with the Union to exercise patience with the state government and the management, stressing “what they told you that they are being owed five months salary is true. They have also written to the management that before they take examination, that they would want the five months arrears to be cleared. We just received the letter on Wednesday and the management is still discussing with them.