The indefinite strike action by lecturers of the Abia State Polytechnic, Aba, yesterday took a different twist, as students of the institution embarked on a protest march, demanding that the school authorities pay the 11 months arrears of salary owed their lecturers.
The protest took place on Monday, April 16, 2018, along Aba-Owerri road. The protest caused heavy gridlock on the busy Aba-Owerri road as motorists could not wade through.
The protesting students urged the management of the institution to pay the arrears of salary and all dues owed to the lecturers to enable them to resume classes.
one of the protesting students who spoke with newsmen lamented that they are sad over the continued disruption of the school academic calendar which has prolonged their studies.
“We are protesting in sympathy with our lecturers. The management should make efforts to pay the arrears of salaries owed them to enable the lecturers to resume classes. It is a sad thing that Abia Poly is now known for strike and disruptions in the academic calendar.”
“We are about writing our semester examinations and the lecturers are on strike. This will prolong our studies. In fact, students are the greatest losers during strikes. This is why we want the management to make efforts to pay the lecturers.”
The lecturers had on Monday, April 8, embarked on an indefinite strike action over non-payment of arrears of 11 months salaries and 14 months check-off dues owed them.