Workers of the Federal University of Technology, Owerri, Imo State, on Tuesday shut all academic and non-academic activities in the varsity in demand of their hundred per cent salaries payment from the management.
The protesters who converged on the campus’ roundabout matched through various routes, clutching placards and three branches and sang songs which depicted their situation.
Drenched, the members of staff caused heavy traffic, as they arrived the University’s administrative block which houses the office of the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Francis Eze and demanded to see the Vice chancellor.
Addressing FUTO Deputy Vice Chancellor in charge of administration, Prof Isreal Ndukwe, the spokesperson who is the JAC chairman, Ibeji Nwokeoma, said that the recent slash in their salaries was unacceptable.
“We reject in its entirety the forty per cent slash in our salaries. Since the development, we have now become a laughing stock among our contemporaries. Our children have dropped out of schools. We can no longer afford three square meals. We have come to say enough is enough, “he lamented.
Nwokeoma threatened that JAC members would down their tools if the school did not desist from slashing their salaries and pay them their outstanding arrears, including promotion benefits.