The Students Union Government (SUG) President of Abia State Polytechnic (Abia Poly), Comrade George Nwankwo has revealed that the institution has not conducted convocation for the past ten years. He disclosed this while in dialogue with the Adhoc Committee set up by the leadership of the current 7th Abia House of Assembly to investigate non-payment of salaries to the Polytechnic workers.
The Rector of the Abia State Polytechnic, Professor Ezionye Eboh, in response to the issue before the Committee, said that the institution’s management had concluded arrangement to hold convocation for her graduated students before October 2019. He also said he was doing his possible best to see that both Academic Staff and Non-Academic Staff received their backlogs of salaries.
Hon. Jerry Uzosike, the Chairman of the committee, representing Umuahia South State Constituency, charged the Rector to activate a lasting solution to settle the challenges facing the institution. Addressing the issues in the institution he said;
“We are dissatisfied with what we are seeing, particularly the decay in the school’s infrastructures and non payment of the Polytechnic workers.
“So, as a matter of urgency, we are urging the Rector and the School Management to map out measures to see salaries, gratuities owed to the workers are paid. We are not here to witch-hunt anybody.
“We need the cooperation of the management in order to address this challenges raving the institution”.