By Chris Nyamtu – Lafia
Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics, ASUP, Isa Mustapha Agwai Polytechnic, Lafia in Nasarawa State state has called on the state government to commence immediate payment of salary arrears and other entitlements of staff of the institution to enhance industrial harrmony.
Chairman of ASUP in the polytechnic, Comrade Sylvester Aku made the call at a two day National Conference of the union in Lafia the Nasarawa State capital.
Comrade Sylvester Aku said lecturers in the polytechnic had for over ten years, not been given their statutory benefits especially annual increments of salaries and implementation of promotions among others which according him, were a major setback for research works and staff productivity.
He called on the state government to initiate a framework for sustainable development of science and technology where substantial resources will be disbursed to all technical institutions in the state annually as part of steps towards engaging more youths in skills.
Speaking on the theme of the conference entitled; Nigeria at Crossroads of Development, Technology, Security Governance, Pandemic and Sustainability, Comrade Sylvester Aku stressed the need for leaders to focus attention to adopting local means of solving problems instead of relying on foreign assistance.