Olufemi Olaniyi, Ibadan
Members of Ibadan Polytechnic staff rejected the Oyo State Salary Scale for tertiary education published by the Oyo State Government for workers at the State Polytechnic as well as at the Faculty of Education.
The deduction of salaries on the scale of workers was contained in a statement that was available to our correspondent on Wednesday. It was signed by the President of the Association of Polytechnics of Senior Staff Biodun Abegunde; Chairman, Non-Academic Staff Union, Ibraheem Akande; and a teaching staff representative, TM Oyebola
The workers said the Governing Council of the institutions is the only body overburdened with the debate on salaries and benefits, not the Ministry of Education or any of its agents.
They described the salary scale as absurd, stressing that collapsing the salary scales of polytechnics and education colleagues without taking into account their specificities is a grave mistake of the state.
The statement read: “The government of the state of Oyo is acting in violation of the Edict and the laws that established the Polytechnic in Ibadan by alienating the Governing Council in its proper tasks.
“The so-called Oyo State Tertiary Education scale, published by the Oyo State Government, is absurd because the National Technical Education Committee is the regulatory body for polytechnic education in Nigeria. It is strange, absurd and repulsive that the government of the state of Oyo sets a salary scale for workers at the Ibadan Polytechnic.
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“The collapse of the pay scales of the Polytechnic and the Oyo State College as a single document without recognizing the previously unique nature of these institutions and the specificity of their pay scales is a big mistake of the Oyo government. it is unprecedented.
“It is noticed that the table of salaries from all institutions of similar status in Nigeria includes basic benefits and rent benefits. They are used to calculate pensions and notes, so anything that contradicts that is not acceptable for the workers of the Polytechnic in Ibadan. “