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Tuesday, 9 May 2017

Akwaibom state polytechnic on strike


Etim Ekpimah , Uyo
The non- academic staff of three state- owned tertiary institutions in Akwa Ibom State, Akwa Ibom State Polytechnic, Ikot Osurua ; College of Education, Afaha Nsit , and Akwa Ibom State College of Art and Science, have embarked on a three -day warning strike following the non- implementation of their 65 years retirement age and non -payment of their promotion arrears .
The protesters on Thursday carried placards bearing various inscriptions like “65 years retirement age is implemented for non - teaching staff in Cross River College of Health Technology and College of Education, Akwa Ibom State Government implement our own .Government pay the balance of 7 . 5 % contributory pension, those in service need it. The retirees including those in the grave need this money . ”
Speaking with newsmen , the chairman, SSANIP , Emmanuel Ekpo said shutting down of the school gate, the protest became necessary after many years of pleas with the state government and all stakeholders in the education sector .
He added that apart from the non -implementation of 65 years retirement age for non - teaching staff and non- payment of 2014 promotions and payment of arrears by the state government, Ekpo listed other conditions to be fulfilled by the state government before members would call off the strike action .
The conditions, according to him , are the refund of the balance of 7 . 5 % contributory pension to staff who are still in service and retired and payment of full salary and allowances of principal staff of the Institutions .
He said, “ It is quite disheartening that our workers , the proverbial birds that lay the Golden eggs has suffered this negligence for a long while without the government to chart a way forward for us , we want an enabling environment so that we can deliver our services . ”
Also, the chairman of NASU, Mr . Samuel Essiet , called on the state government to come to the aid of their members .

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