Yesterday, ad hoc workers at the Plateau State College of Health Technology in Pankshin Local Government Area staged a protest over 45 months of unpaid salaries, effectively disrupting activities at the institution.
At around 10 a.m., the workers blocked the institution’s main gate and displayed placards detailing their grievances. Mr. Wambutda, their leader, expressed frustration that despite their plight, staff replacements in vacant positions were ongoing without any consideration for the ad hoc workers.
“The reason for the protest is the non-confirmation/absorption, ongoing replacement of workers, and the non-payment of our stipend for 45 months. The protest is an opportunity to bring the attention of the government and other relevant agencies to the injustice and unfair treatment that we have suffered in the institution for the past years,” he said.
The protesters vowed to continue their action until their demands are met. There was no official comment from the College’s Provost, Dr. Fwangje, who did not respond to calls. The Registrar, Paul Rabo, said he was unaware of the reasons for the protest and promised to investigate.
At the time of the report, the State Ministry of Higher Education was unable to comment, as the Ministry has no commissioner and the acting head, the Permanent Secretary, could not be reached.