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Rivers Polytechnic Lecturer Concerned Over 20-Month Unpaid Salaries

by Ikeoluwa Juliana Ogungbangbe

Solomon Tamunotonye, a lecturer from Captain Elechi Amadi Polytechnic, Port Harcourt has expressed concerns about his 20-month salary held by the school’s administration.

Tamunotonye’s salary suspension followed a three-month ban imposed on him by the institution over allegations of “harassment and exploitation” of a second-year student, Blessing Audu. The claim was made in an official statement from the school’s Registrar, Chris Woke.

The polytechnic established a committee to further probe into the allegations. Tamunotonye claims he was later instructed to return to work and offer a formal apology, yet the findings of the investigative committee were never disclosed to him.

Affiliated with the Department of Public Administration, Tamunotonye stated his refusal to pen the apology was based on his belief in the institution’s policy. He argued that sexual harassment allegations typically lead to a faculty dismissal, not an apology.

“I believe in the laws of the polytechnic. If I did commit the offense, I’d rather see the committee’s findings and face any consequences,” he said.

Despite his return to work, Tamunotonye’s refusal to apologize resulted in his continued salary hold. He noted that the Rivers State Government has consistently paid his pension.

Moreover, Tamunotonye alleged a physical altercation with three polytechnic employees on December 16, 2022, claiming they attempted to destroy evidence relevant to his case.

Regarding allegations of theft, Tamunotonye mentioned a completed police investigation. He suggests a prominent figure at the polytechnic is using influence to impede the case’s progression in court.

The lecturer has appealed for assistance from Nigerians, State Governor Siminalayi Fubara, and civil societies, revealing he has resorted to menial work to make ends meet.

When reached for comment, Registrar Chris Woke briefly stated, “The matter is in court, so I can’t elaborate further. Tamunotonye should consider what’s best for him.”


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