Workers at The Polytechnic, Ibadan may join their counterparts at The Ibarapa Polytechnic, Eruwa and The Okeogun Polytechnic, Saki, who embarked on indefinite strike action yesterday to demand the payment of their ‘24’ month salary arrears owed by the Oyo State government.
Before they were upgraded, both The Ibarapa and The Okeogun Polytechnics were satellite campuses of The Polytechnic, Ibadan.
Except The Polytechnic, Ibadan, all other state owned institutions are said to be on industrial strike actions.
Chairman of The Polytechnic, Ibadan chapter of the Non Academic Staff Union (NASU), Comrade Ibrahim Akande, who confirmed the commencement of the indefinite strike, warned that the ‘main campus’ will also join the strike if the situation is not brought under control by the state government.
Akande added that the workers among whom were SSANIP and NASU members at Ibarapa Polytechnic, Eruwa and Oke-Ogun Polytechnic, Saki embarked on the strike due to the failure of the state government to offset their salaries and other entitlements running between 8 to 24 months.
Hear him: “Yes, I can confirm to you that SSANIP and NASU members at the Ibarapa Polytechnic, Eruwa, have declared an indefinite strike over the non-payment of their salaries and other entitlements running between 8 and 24 months.
“It varies, as at the last time that we met, it was between 8 and 24 months. You can see that The Oke-Ogun Polytechnic, Saki is also on strike. They are currently on strike due to non-payment of their salaries and other entitlements. SSANIP and NASU members in Saki are on strike too. Others are about to join.
“So, you can see that strike is looming in all the tertiary institutions in Oyo state. That of Polytechnic Ibadan is also looming. We are still waiting. It is only The Polytechnic Ibadan that is not on strike now. Yes, I can confirm to you.”