The Abia State Polytechnic, Aba, has reopened as members of the Non Academic Staff Union (NASU) in the state owned institution, suspended their four weeks old industrial action after a congress of the union held in the school premises. Speaking to newsmen after the union’s congress, the Chairman of the union, Mr. Kalu Nwankwo, confirmed the decision of congress to suspend the industrial action.
His words: “we decided to suspend the industrial action to allow management implement the agreement we reached with them”. Also speaking, the Abia State Commissioner for Information, Chief John Okiyi Kalu, thanked the workers for their decision to return to work. According to him, “we appreciate the decision of the workers to put the students and the state first. As a government we will ensure that the agreement reached between the union and the management of the institution is fully respected and implemented” Continuing, Chief Okiyi stated that the government is currently reviewing the plan presented by the management of the institution to ensure sustainable payment of wages and seamless operation of the institution and called for patience and support by workers. “The major challenge remains that the school’s current monthly wage bill of about N170m cannot be sustained by the internally generated revenue profile of the institution hence the workers and management need to work together to evolve a sustainable solution that will ensure that the institution truly becomes autonomous as envisaged by the law setting it up. Abiapoly receives and autonomously uses school fees, grants and other revenue to run its operations.”