ASUP strike: FG warns staff unions against interference in appointments


THE Federal Authorities has warned the workers unions of its establishments towards pointless fuss and “a lot curiosity” within the appointment of principal officers generally to the purpose of extended inside crises within the affected establishments.

That is approaching the heels of resumption of sitting of the Fast Response Crew (RRT) put collectively by the Minister of Training, Malam Adamu Adamu in 2017 for mediation and backbone of conflicts in federal polytechnics throughout the nation.

Everlasting secretary, Federal Ministry of Training, Arc. Sonny Echono, who’s the chairman of the group comprising all administrators of the ministry, stated the group has reopened dialog with ASUP management according to the dedication of the minister of schooling at a pre-emptive assembly with ASUP on April 6, earlier than the graduation of the continuing strike motion by the polytechnic lecturers.

President of ASUP, Comrade Anderson Ezeibe, had in the course of the assembly, raised the difficulty of appointment of unqualified individuals as rectors of polytechnics, citing an occasion of a retired workers member who was appointed rector of a federal polytechnic.

Ezeibe stated: “In our polytechnics immediately, unqualified individuals are nonetheless being appointed as chief executives. The rector of polytechnic is the chief administrative and tutorial officer of the polytechnic and with that it’s surprising that somebody who isn’t on the apex of lecturers in that exact establishment or somebody who isn’t even in any respect in lecturers needs to be appointed into that place.

However like I all the time say, we don’t wish to get to a state of affairs the place college students too would be the ones to determine who units examinations for them, marks their papers or once they wish to have their examinations. They might determine to go on strike if we don’t adjust to their phrases.

“The problem of non-public choice mustn’t come up. If I’m a professor of Know-how, for instance, the truth that I’m in a college system instructing in a College of Know-how mustn’t disqualify me from with the ability to transfer to a polytechnic. It’s the identical factor, as polytechnic lecturers normally aspire to maneuver from polytechnics to universities. Folks ought to moderately concentrate on what they will deliver into the system than specializing in who will get what appointment,” he stated.

A few of the calls for of the polytechnics lecturers resulting in the continuing strike, in line with the ASUP president embody non-implementation of NEEDS Evaluation report of 2014 within the sector or launch of any revitalisation fund to the sector regardless of assurances since 2017.

“The non-reconstitution of governing councils within the federal polytechnics and plenty of state-owned establishments, resulting in the disruption of governance and administrative processes within the establishments since Could, 2020.

“This has additionally undermined the renegotiation of the union’s 2010 settlement with the federal government as such was unilaterally suspended by the federal government for over two years now. Our union has continued to demand for the deployment of developed capability from the sector over time on this course of and must reconstitute the councils according to the amendments within the polytechnics Act.

“The non-release of the 10 months arrears of minimal wage owed our members in federal polytechnics and non-implementation of the identical in a number of state-owned establishments. That is regardless of the presidential directive for the cost of those arrears since December 2019.

“Non-payment of salaries in some state-owned establishments as our members are owed their official emoluments starting from 5 to 24 months in Abia, Ogun, Osun, Edo, Benue, Plateau amongst others.

“Continued victimisation of officers of our union as seen in Institute of Administration and Know-how, Enugu, Federal Polytechnic Mubi in addition to Rufus Giwa Polytechnic, Owo. This case has degenerated to the clamping down and brazen unlawful seizure of the properties of our union by the rector of Federal Polytechnic, Nassarawa.

Non-establishment of a fee for the sector to bridge gaps in regulatory actions, in addition to match the growth of the sector whereas positioning the establishments in direction of fulfilment of their mandate to the nation. Non implementation of the authorised 65 years retirement age within the sector by some state governments notably, Kano, in addition to the continued appointment of unqualified individuals as rectors of Polytechnics in some states.

“Offensive claims of purported tax liabilities in 19 federal polytechnics by the accountant normal of the federation and plans to illegally invade the official emoluments of our members in the identical guise and to the tune of over N20bn.

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