Gov. Ayo Fayose, Visitor to the polytechnic
By Olakiitan Victor in Ado Ekiti
Miffed by alleged illegal deductions in the cooperative society to which funds are being contributed by members by the management of the Federal Polytechnic, Ado Ekiti, members of the Academic Staff Union of Nigerian Polytechnics (ASUP), South-west Zone, have threatened to sue the Rector, Dr. Theresa Akande, to stop illegal deductions from the benefits of members.
The body also said it would no longer accept what it branded ‘amputated’ salaries from management of institutions in the zone.
At a press conference in Ado-Ekiti at the weekend after its zonal meeting, ASUP Zonal Coordinator, Mr. Dosumu Babatunde, issued a seven-day ultimatum to the Rector to pay all alleged illegally deducted cooperative money of its members, failing which the union would take judicial step against the management.
ASUP alleged that deduction through the cooperative of members has gone as high as N300 million, saying it was unfortunate that the management of some institutions demoted some workers rather than promoting them under the guise of implementing migration of workers to CONTISS 15 as directed by the government.
Refuting the allegations levelled against her by the organised labour in the Polytechnic, Akande, through the Polytechnic’s Public Relations Officer, Mr. Adeyemi Adejolu, said her administration has not in any way maltreated the workers, saying the institution was not engaging in illegal deductions as being peddled.
She added that all the actions taken so far were legal and the CONTISS 15 that had been the bone of contention was suspended due to paucity of fund.