Sad! 5 college staff die in Abia over salary arrears

Three trade unions in Abia State College of Education (Technical), Arochukwu (ASCETA) said they have lost five of their staff members to hunger and sickness due to non-payment of salaries and other allowances by Abia State Government in the last one year.

The leadership of the unions which disclosed this in a statement in Umuahia, yesterday, said scores of others were “sick unto death” as they cannot afford food and medicare.

The unions which include Colleges of Education Academic Staff Union (COEASU), Senior Staff Union in Colleges of Education in Nigeria (SSUCOEN) and Non-Academic Staff Union (NASU), lamented that the worst part of the problem was that while other institutions in the state were being paid, ASCETA was excluded.

They stated that the staff who died were currently owed for eight months. Apart from that, they were said to have been denied of the new salary structure which took effect nationwide since 2011.

According to the the unions, under a “dangerous, degrading and discriminating policy introduced by the Commissioner for Finance, Obinna Oriaku, no subvention has been given to ASCETA in the last three months while other institutions got theirs.”
The unions who wondered whether Governor Okezie Ikpeazu is aware of the policy, called for its immediate reversal. They said it was an irony of fate that while other institutions had been regularly embarking on strike, the staff of ASCETA have remained largely peaceful and wondered why they were being punished for their loyalty.

In their statement signed by Dr. Joseph Kanu (COEASU), Agoha Franklin (SSUCOEN) and Dan Nwosu (NASU), the staff pleaded with the governor to clear their eight months arrears of salaries to stop further deaths, which they said were imminent.

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“We don’t want to believe that some government officials want all of us dead. If not, why release subvention to Abia Poly and Abia State

University and leave out ASCETA?”
They, however, pledged their loyalty to the governor while awaiting the payment of their salaries, stating that their patience should not be taken fore-granted.

(Sunnewsonline)

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Chinenye Nwabueze

Nwabueze is a communication researcher with several years of lecturing experience in Nigerian universities.

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  1. so sad may their soul rest in peace.Amen

  2. Rip… This is a painful news.. Government should do something about this

  3. Government should do something about dz issue of non payment salary. And for the victims may there gentle soul rest in peace Amen.

    Anwuka chetachi assumpta
    2016054027DE.
    Quiz no 27

  4. Agwaraonye uchenna Maureen

    So sad, R.I.P to them
    (115)

  5. Ubabuko Chiamaka

    May their soul rest in peace………… I hope the government have learnt from this issue and adhere to pay their workers salaries.
    Please they should just do something about it so that more lives won’t be lost
    QUIZ NO:07

  6. Remember that, there shall own ur worker for one day, is God intervention, Rest in peace

  7. Nnopu blessing ogoo

    Rip to them

  8. Nnopu blessing ogoo

    Rip to them
    Quiz 102

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