By Christiana Onuoha
To put an end to the protracted wages and administrative issues that have bedeviled academic activities in Abia State Polytechnic, the State Governor, Dr Okezie Ikpeazu, has invited the National President of Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP), Comrade Anderson Ezeibe, and other stakeholders to a 3-day meeting.
A statement released by the State Commissioner for Information, Chief John Okiyi Kalu, on Monday, 14th September, 2020,
noted that Governor Ikpeazu said; “ “we cannot afford to allow the bleeding at Abiapoly to continue as the institution is key to the realization of our dream of leading the rest of the country in technological advancement as our forebears did with “ikpu uzu”.”
The statement in full read; “Abia State Governor, Dr Okezie Ikpeazu, has directed the convocation of a mini summit of critical stakeholders to find lasting solutions to the challenges being experienced by Abia State Polytechnic, Aba, especially with regards to regular regular payment of workers and repositioning of the institution to take leading role in the training of next generation technologists that will drive innovation in the state and Nigeria.
“The Governor who recently appointed a new Rector for the institution expressed worry with the current operating structure that has made it difficult for the institution to regularly meet its wage obligations and stem the tide of perennial industrial actions by workers union in the institution and invited the National President of Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP) Comrade Anderson Ezeibe, his counterpart in NASUP as well as the local Chairmen and Secretaries of the unions to join the management team of the institution, state ministry of education and relevant government officials to a 3-day summit which is expected to hold from the 20th to 22nd of September 2020 under the Chairmanship of the Governor.
“According to Governor Ikpeazu, “we cannot afford to allow the bleeding at Abiapoly to continue as the institution is key to the realization of our dream of leading the rest of the country in technological advancement as our forebears did with “ikpu uzu”. It is therefore necessary for us to sit down and collectively agree on a way forward that will ensure that workers, students and other stakeholders are happy to contribute their quota to realize the dreams that led to the setting up of the institution”