Except the federal government heed to the call to pay the arrears of the new minimum wage to the workers of polytechnics across the country, the sector may soon be thrown into an industrial dispute.
The Deputy National President of Non Academic Staff Union of Educational and Associated Institutions, NASU, Comrade Simon Go’ar, made the call during a regular meeting of polytechnics and other trade groups at the Federal Polytechnic, Oko, Anambra state.
Comrade Go’ar urged the federal government to commence the payment of the arrears of the new minimum wage without delay.
Comrade Go’ar expressed concern that other federal government ministries, departments and agencies have since been paid the approved minimum wage, staff of federal polytechnics are yet to be paid despite the hardship they were experiencing as a result of covid-19 pandemic .
He also called on the Federal Government to immediately reconstitute the governing councils of Federal polytechnics that were dissolved at the expiration of their tenure in May 2019 to enable them play their constitutional roles.
The General Secretary of NASU, Comrade Peters Adeyemi, in his remark, regretted the challenges and hiccups some workers experience with IPPIS and called on the government to look into the platform which he said was not serving the purpose for which it was introduced in the education sector.
The Rector, Federal polytechnics Oko, Anambra state, Dr Fransisca Nwagulugo, while describing education as the key to the development and growth of any nation, called on stakeholders in the education sector to initiate ideas for sustainable quality learning in various institutions.