Akanu Ibiam poly lecturers disrupt academic activities over allowances

February 6th, 2018
From Felix Uka, Abakaliki
Academic activities were yesterday disrupted at the Akanu Ibiam Federal Polytechnic, Unwanna Afikpo, when lecturers of the institution protested alleged withdrawal of their allowances identified as Peculiar Academic Allowance (PAA) by management of the school.
The lecturers numbering over 500 were led by the Chairman ASUP of the institution, Comrade Karl Nworu during the protest.
The lecturers under the umbrella of  Academic Staff Union of Polytechnic (ASUP), carried placards with various inscriptions such as, Rector, ‘our Peculiar Academic Allowance’,
‘Bursar pay us our PAA’, ‘say no to PAA withdrawal’, ‘Give us our PAA’, ‘we are suffering’ among others, besieged the Rector and Bursar’s offices to register their grievances.
They said they will continue to protest until the allowance is restored.
They were addressed by the Rector of the Polytechnic, Ogbonnia Ibe-Enwo who blamed the withdrawal of the allowance on shortfall in the workers’ salaries.
But the lecturers said they were not satisfied with the response by the Rector, saying that he was not sincere.
“We are not satisfied with the response of the Rector to our demand. The reason we are not satisfied is that the shortfall he talks about is just N6 million and it is not sufficient for him to remove our Peculiar Academic Allowances (PAA) from our salaries knowing fully what he gets after payment of our salaries which is over N30 million. He should have dipped his hand from that excess and augment the shortfall in January salary.
“Besides, he gets IGR every month. He supposed to get money from there and pay us our salary. What he told us that when he goes to Abuja and come back he will solve the problem is not sufficient. He didn’t give us good response and we will continue this protest.
“We had wanted him to tell us a definite statement that he will pay us on a particular day and not putting us into suspense and confusion.  They are still owing us 13 months arrears of the PAA which government has agreed to pay us. I know that our IGR is in the neighbourhood of over N100 million every year.
“The reason why we are demanding for the payment of this particular allowance is that our school never declare shortfall. Secondly, there is no paper from government backing them to withdraw this allowance, they did this out of their own volition and without our knowledge”, one of the protesters, Dr John Amah said.
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