Abia Poly students protest non-payment of lecturers’ salaries

Barely a week after striking lecturers at Abia State Polytechnic disrupted matriculation ceremony to protest the nonpayment of their 11-month salary arrears, the polytechnic students have joined in the protest in support of their lecturers. The students marched along Aba-Owerri road, asking the school management to pay their lecturers arrears and dues to enable them to resume classes. One of the students who spoke with newsmen during the protest said they were sad over the continued disruption of the school academic calendar which had 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 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,” he said. About a fortnight ago Abia State Polytechnic lecturers started an indefinite strike over the nonpayment of their 11 months arrears of salary.

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