By Dayo Johnson
AKURE—THE Academic Staff Union of Polytechnic, ASUP, in Rufus Giwa Polytechnic, Owo, Ondo State, yesterday, cried out that its members are dying of hunger and starvation as a result of the state government’s failure to pay their nine months salary arrears.
The ASUP Chairman of the institution, Rafiu Ijawoye lamented that many members of the academic staff members have died while several are presently on admission at the Federal Medical Centre, FMC, in Owo.
Ijawoye said: “The academic staff, who are an important part of the school workforce, are dying slowly. We have lost members of the union to the cold hands of death.
“Several members have been sick, but there is no money to take care of them since they are being owed nine months arrears of salary and other remuneration.
“Many lecturers have been thrown out of their residences due to inability to pay their rents. Others can’t feed their families, some even trek from their homes to teach students in class and also trek back home after fulfilling their daily assignment.
“These members of the academic workforce are dying of hunger and this is why we are appealing to governor Akeredolu to come to our aid to save us from death and starvation as stomach infrastructure is very important.”
Speaking on the suspension of the three workers union following a recent protest, the chairman argued that the suspension was illegal.
He said: “It is a calculated attempt to misinform the public and governor of Ondo state of the true situation of things.”