Members of staff of Imo State Polytechnic, Umuagwo, Ohaji/Egbema LGA have expressed displeasure over what they termed “improper placement of salaries’ by the authorities of the institution.
Our correspondent gathered that senior lecturers are currently receiving same salary with junior ones owing to the wrong salary placement.
A source at the polytechnic expressed bitterness at the illegal placement, noting that the situation is generating ripples in the school environment.
He said; “Today at Imo State Polytechnic, a lecturer 3 is earning the same salary with senior lecturers. Our question is; who are the cabal behind the missing money? Who placed these senior lecturers wrongly, is this action deliberate or not, and for what purpose?”
The Chairman of Academic Staff Union of Polytechnic (ASUP), Imopoly chapter, Ugorji Kelvin Onyewuchi expressed indignation that since some of their members were promoted to the next position, the salary scale that follows such promotion has not been implemented.
He wondered if promotion could only be seen on papers without having any impact on salaries, pointing out that such act has lingered in the institution for years and remained untreated.
The ASUP chairman while commending the state governor, Senator Hope Uzodimma for increasing their salaries from 70% to 100%, added that such executive decision was able to save them the stress of incessant protests.
Onyewuchi therefore appealed to the state government to give staff and students of the school some time to put themselves in order before relocation to Omuma in Oru East LGA would take effect.
He stated that such time would enable government and the construction company designing the new campus to complete all facilities at the site, noting that once academic structures are put in place, staff and students will be left with no option than to relocate.
Recall that Governor Uzodimma ordered the relocation of the polytechnic to his ancestral Oru East LGA to make way for the new Imo State University of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences.