BY CHINYERE Nnaemeka
The management of the Imo State College of Health and Management Sciences, Amaigbo has appealed to the State Government to intervene, investigate and bring to book culprits of the April and May salary arrears owed the staff of the institution.
The provost of the institution, Dr Canice Duru on behalf of the management, made the call weekend during an interactive section with journalists, in Owerri.
Duru stated that he was not occupying his current position during the year of the incident, adding that he began as the registrar of the institution in September 2015 where he was in office for a year before he was appointed an acting provost in October 2016.
Dr Duru who is now the substantial provost of the institution, stated that he was presented with the issue and was told that a piecemeal payment was made to those that were not paid during that year.
He revealed that rumours had it that Princess Duru allegedly paid the piecemeal to only her relatives and friends, leaving 80% of the staff unpaid.
“The unpaid staff had been agitating for the arrears on campus and had decided to take their protest to the State House.”
He recalled “when I assumed office, there was no formal handover of those accounts containing the salaries by Princess Duru. I scheduled meetings five times for her to formally do that but she never honoured any of the invitations.”
Duru stated that as a result of that, they opened a new account, informing all the staff / students to end any further transaction in the former account.
He pointed out that they wrote series of letters that year to the then government appealing for the arrears to be paid but nothing was done to that effect, adding that all the steps taken by the management to recover the salary was made known to the staff.
“Currently, there had been several negotiations with the aggrieved set where the management had promised to be paying them bit by bit from the little they had, but they had refused saying they want full payment which we cannot offer at the moment. Now the staff had decided to take their protest outside the institution.” He disclosed.
The management therefore appealed to the state government to come to their rescue by investigating into the issue so that the culprit responsible for the heated up argument in the institution would be apprehended and the truth of the matter revealed.
They further appealed to the government to look into their annual salary step increment which had been ignored since 2016 and was only paid once early January, 2019.