ABUJA – ACADEMIC Staff Union of Polytechnics, ASUP, has decried the incessant killings in the country especially the armed banditry in the northeast and called on the Federal Government to be alive to its responsibilities in the protection of lives and property.
ASUP also frowned at the disposition of the Federal government and its agencies towards re-negotiation of FGN/ASUP agreement, alleging that it was a ploy to cripple the system and perpetuate suffering on its members.
The union in a communique after its 94th National Executive Council, NEC, meeting at Shehu Idris College of Health Sciences and Technology, Makarfi, Kaduna State, commended the National Assembly for the passage of the Polytechnics Act Amendment Bill.
In the communiqué signed by the ASUP National Publicity Secretary, Chris Nkoro and made available to journalists in Abuja on Tuesday, said, “The NEC equally observed the rising cases of armed banditry and kidnapping in the country, a situation that has made people prisoners in their homes.
“The NEC therefore calls on government at all levels to be more alive to their responsibility of safeguarding the lives and properties of Nigerians irrespective of social strata or creed.”
According to him, NEC took vital note of the concluded 2019 general elections and congratulated successful candidates. NEC also said that the election was a huge leap in Nigeria’s democracy even as it urged the elected ones to be magnanimous in victory.
“It however condemned the pockets of violence in various parts of the country during the elections,” the communiqué read
It further noted with regret the loss of lives of its members in Rivers state and harassments in Bauchi and Taraba states and called on federal government to avail itself of technological gadgets to track security challenges in the country.
On the passage of the Polytechnics Act Amendment Bill, he said, “The NEC however, calls on the FME and NBTE to quickly facilitate the process of transmitting of and the subsequent signing of the Bill by the President, Mohammadu Buhari as soon as possible for improved productivity and best practices in the Polytechnics and Monotechnics.
“The NEC urges the Federal government to without further delay, commence the re-negotiation process.
“The NEC sadly observed that while the Union had agreed on the terms of enrolling of the sector into IPPIS, some rectors have continued to use backhand ploy to enroll some institutions without recourse to our Union’s documented peculiar concerns.
“The NEC therefore calls on government to promptly call these erring rectors to order.
“The NEC is unimpressed that shortfalls and CONTISS 15 migration challenges have persisted, even with continued assurances by government that this situation has been dealt with by government.
“The NEC expects therefore that with the conclusion of the 2019 general election, these issues would be addressed squarely by government immediately.
“Conditions in State Polytechnics/Monotechnics in terms of delay in payment of salaries, arrears of promotions, and other infractions are still sources of grave concern to the NEC. These situations still prevail in Abia, Kogi, Imo, Osun, Oyo, Benue, Nasarawa, Niger, Ekiti, Ondo and Zamfara.
“The NEC therefore reiterates the firm invocation of the “no salary, no accreditation” policy on the institutions concerned and further urges that all cases of victimization should be adequately redressed immediately.”