The Joint Action Committee (JAC) of higher institutions in Kogi State yesterday shut various campuses to protest the unpaid salaries of members.
Academic and non-academic activities were paralysed as the committee marched round the town. The protest started about 8am at the Kogi State Polytechnic, Lokoja. The workers converged on the main entrance, chanting anti-government songs.
The placard carrying-workers, who accused the government of misconduct, temporarily blocked the Lokoja-Abuja highway.
Some placards read: “Stop media payment of salaries and pay real workers on the field”; “Injury to one is injury to all”; “Pay our colleagues their salaries”; “Teachers’ reward is also in this world”.
The protest followed the ultimatum to government by JAC, for its alleged failure to pay some members who participated in the verification exercise.
Chairman of the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnic (ASUP) Sunday Boluwomi accused the government of failing to pay the salaries of about 148 workers of the institution.
He vowed that the committee will embark on a five-day warning strike next Monday if the government failed to meet its demands, adding that at the expiration of the warning strike, an indefinite action would follow.
His words: “If our members are not paid by next Monday, we will start a five-day warning strike and after that, we will go on an indefinite one. It is the same students we are protecting that are accusing us.
“Our members have not been paid for eight months and many of them have withdrawn their children from school. We cannot train other people’s children when ours are suffering”.
According to him, it was wrong for the government to label members that were available every day, ghost workers, after going through screening.