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Union accuses Rivers govt of funds diversion, distabilisation

By Tom Amakri, Port Harcourt 

The Ken Saro-Wiwa Polytechnics chapter of the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics, (ASUP), Bori, Rivers State has called on Governor Nyesom Wike to direct the state’s Ministry of Education to release the contributing funds of members.

 Chairman Kenpoly chapter, Comrade Ferry Gberegbe said the local chapter of ASUP would no longer tolerate a situation where the union borrows money to bury colleagues, attend zonal and national meeting.

 He lamented that the state government has since February 2016 withheld their entire contributory funds for different purposes including the deductions of their cooperative.

 He noted that the union borrowed money to bury two of their colleagues who died recently and are yet   to fulfill their obligation to honour some of the union members who have retired since February.

 He accused the present administration of trying to destabilize the effectiveness of the union, stressing that since the governor has cleared the backlog of salaries he should also assist the union to release all their funds. 

Gberegbe said:  “We request that the governor should release our check off dues, levies for the burial of Dr. Vincent Eebee and Late P. Z Porokpege and the contributions for retirement envelops for Mr. Dimkpa Adiele and Rev. Eretoru. I think we don’t need to beg for these. 

“Government is crippling the effective functioning our union by holding to our dues, this is unacceptable. The union cannot continue to be borrowing money to attend zonal and national meeting including other important activities when the fund has been contributed by our staff.” 

On the outcome of the national meeting, Gberegbe said the national body has given order to sustain the mobilization for industrial strike over discrepancies between HND and BSc, nonpayment of salaries, allowances to polytechnics and others issues affecting the polytechnics nationwide.    

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