The members of staff of Federal University of Technology, Owerri, Imo State, have today, shut all academic and non-academic activities in the university in demand of their 100 percent salaries from the management.
The members of staff while singing songs and carrying placards and leaves, marched to the university’s administrative block, demanding to see the Vice Chancellor, Prof Francis Eze.
The protest, which was organised under the auspices of Joint Action Committee, had in attendance members of Senior Staff Association of Nigeria, Non Academic Staff Union and National Association of Academic Technologists.
Addressing the Deputy Vice Chancellor administration, Prof Isreal Ndukwe, the Joint Action Committee (JAC) chairman, Ibeji Nwokeoma, said that the recent slash in their salaries was unacceptable to them.
He said, “We reject in its entirety the 40 percent slash in our salaries. Since the development, we have now become laughing stock among our contemporaries. Our children have dropped out of schools. We no longer afford three square meals. We have come to say enough is enough.”
Nwokeoma threatened that JAC members would stop working if the school did not stop from slashing their salaries and pay them their outstanding salary, including promotion benefits.
JAC chairman said, “FUTO is a brand name. We don’t want to derail. We want the balance of the promotion arrears, equally. Implement the pending promotion not later than September this year. We want peace because there is no alternative to peace.”
In response, the DVC administration who stood in for the VC said “You gave us assurance that this was going to be a peaceful exercise and you have fulfilled you own bargain. We believe that FUTO staff love the truth and they will like to hear the truth.”
“Even at the last general Assembly we discussed the issue, the staff have been very good. The economy at the federal level is very bad. FUTO management is not happy that you are getting 80 percent of your salary. We are praying to God that He will touch the hearts of the Federal government to release your money, it is not our making.”
The protest was led by the chairmen of NNAT, Franklin Matthews and that of NASU, Moses Alemoh