Published On: Tue, Feb 16th, 2016

Groups condemn ‘death wish’ against Auchi poly ex Rector

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From Osaigbovo Iguobaro, Benin

Two women groups in the country have condemned the wearing of black attires and carrying of a mock coffin with the portrait of the former Rector of the Auchi Polytechnic, Auchi Dr.(Mrs.) Philipa Idogho during a protest by aggrieved staff of the institution over unpaid two months’ salary arrears.
The protest took place on the very day the former Rector was handing over to the Deputy Rector of the institution at the expiration of her two term tenure in office.
The angry demonstrators clad in black attire had weekend marched within the school premises with obituary poster and a mock coffin; just as they barricaded the ever busy Benin – Abuja road and subjected commuters and pedestrians to heavy traffic for hours.
Mrs. Grace Osakue, Coordinator of one of women group, Girls Power Initiative (GPI), described the action of the protesters as unfortunate and barbaric insisting that “dialogue remains the best solution to the resolution of any wage dispute”
She noted that the action of the protesters who sang funeral dirges was uncalled as Dr. Idogho did her very best to uplift the image of the institution in the provision of infrastructures than she met it.
Mrs. Osakue urged the former Rector not to be weary of the antics of the group and called on the Law enforcement Agency to interrogate the suspected culprits for questioning.
“Dialogue is a better way of doing such things. They took it personal against her. The issue of financial challenge is not particular to the institution alone. It is a national challenge. I believe that there were known faces in that protest, so the Law enforcement Agency should go after those behind such barbaric act.
“The woman did not employ herself. You will recall that there was protest all over Nigeria last week over increase in electricity tariff. Yet, nobody held coffin of Fashola”, she said.
Also speaking, Mrs. Jane Osagie, Coordinator, International Reproductive Rights Research Action Group (IRRAG), admitted that though, the unions in the school or staff reserve the right to protest unpaid salary arrears, but, the approach they adopted, was barbaric and unacceptable from such intellectual group.

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