Hunger, frustration and death have taken their toll on the academic staff members of the Rufus Giwa Polytechnic, Owo, Ondo State.

The pang of nine months unpaid salaries have reportedly left them in a pathetic state, while many have been said to have died due to their financial inability to afford medical care.

Lamenting the harrowing situation of the staff in Akure on Monday, Chairman of the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnic, in the school, Rafiu Ijawole said its members are dying of hunger and starvation.

“Several members have been sick, but there is no money to take care of them since they are being owed nine months arrears of salary and other remuneration.

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“Many lecturers have been thrown out of their residences due to inability to pay their rents. Others can’t feed their families, some even trek from their homes to teach students in class and also trek back home after fulfilling their daily assignment.

“These members of the academic workforce are dying of hunger and this is why we are appealing to governor Akeredolu to come to our aid to save us from death and starvation as stomach infrastructure is very important” he said.

A lecturer in the polytechnic confided in our Bounce News correspondent that one of their teaching staff died at the Federal Medical Centre, Owo last week due to the late financial response from his family.

"We have lost about two staff already. We just lost one last week because of medical bill and as I'm talking to you right now, we still have about two of our staff on admission."

A state government official who pleaded anonymity however disclosed that the government is already looking into the matter.

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