Members of workers’ unions at the Lagos State Polytechnic (LASPOTECH) yesterday stormed the Government House to protest non-payment of their 87-month arrears of Consolidated Tertiary Institution Salary Structure (CONTISS 16).
The workers also protested Wednesday’s violent attacks on some of them and students by soldiers from the 174 Battalion at Odogunyan area of Ikorodu.
The aggrieved workers also asked Governor Akinwunmi Ambode to compel the Rector, Mr. Oluyinka Sogunro, to immediately pay their arrears.
According to them, despite increment in the institution’s monthly subvention from N153 million to N210 million by government, the rector has continue to deny the staff their benefits.
The workers, who defied the scotching sun, stormed the seat of power about 12.05 p.m., chanted several anti-government songs to express their anger on the developments in the state, especially the just concluded party primaries, which they said crippled tertiary education in the state. They were armed with placards with different inscriptions.
The Chairman, the institution’s chapter of the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP), Akinrinlola Ibitoye, said the Welfare Officer of the association, Adewunmi Olorunfemi, and his wife, were attacked by soldiers without reasons.
He said they were beaten to coma.
Ibitoye said while Olorunfemi was attacked on the school premises, his wife was beaten to stupor in their apartment.
He said: “Before the commencement of the strike in April, the rector, at a meeting represented by his deputy, claimed that N340 million had been saved and that he was waiting for approval to use the fund in offsetting 16 of the 87 months arrears as stipulated in the approved CONTISS 15 migration draft.”
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