Lecturers of the Abia Polytechnic have been urged to return to work as government claimed to have released N200million to the institution. The lecturers embarked on a strike on 21 April owing to 11 months of unpaid salaries.
In a statement, John Okiyi Kalu, the state’s Commissioner for Information, claimed the government on 30 April released N200million to the institution. It further said that the institution had in the past four months received N470million from the government.
Kalu said the money far outweighs the institution’s N90million monthly subvention.
He said: “Our independent review of the operating cash flow of the institution indicates a critical need to restructure and ensure that the school operates within its means, through shedding the sundry excess loads that made it impossible for it to run seamlessly, like Abia State University.
“We therefore wish to encourage the management of Abiapoly to ensure an early return to work by all the staff of Abiapoly as well as take necessary measures to restructure the institution to improve operational efficiency”.