ASUP pro­long­ing strike by re­fus­ing N40bn in­stal­ments – Min­is­ter

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Ahmed Mo­hammed,Bauchi

Su­per­vis­ing Min­is­ter of Ed­u­ca­tion, Chief Nye­som Wike, says the re­jec­tion to pay by two in­stal­ments, the N40 bil­lion emol­u­ment to the Aca­demic Staff Union of Poly­tech­nics (ASUP) is pro­long­ing the cur­rent strike by the union.

Wike said yes­ter­day at the North-east stake­hold­ers town hall meet­ing on TETFUND in­ter­ven­tion held at the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa Univer­sity Bauchi that polytech­nic stu­dents are still at home be­cause ASUP re­jected the op­tion to pay the money in two in­stal­ments be­tween March and Oc­to­ber 2015.

“We met ASUP lead­er­ship in Jan­uary and they pre­sented their po­si­tion that the federal govern­ment should pay N40 bil­lion to show that govern­ment is com­mit­ted to their plight, we agreed to pay N20 bil­lion in March and the re­main­ing N20 bil­lion in Oc­to­ber but they later came back to say they would not ac­cept pay­ment by in­stal­ment but in full.

“So don’t say that govern­ment is not do­ing any­thing, if they had ac­cepted, by now we would have paid the first in­stal­ment and Oc­to­ber is al­most here, that is the stage we are to­day and no­body will agree to tell you this truth, all we hear is that govern­ment is not in­ter­ested in polytech­nic ed­u­ca­tion, which govern­ment is not in­ter­ested to see that stu­dents are back in school? Out of the six de­mands they pre­sented, govern­ment has im­ple­mented al­most four or five”, the min­is­ter said.

He ex­plained that the federal govern­ment has made huge in­vest­ments in the ed­u­ca­tion sec­tor, more than any other ad­min­is­tra­tion in the past, adding that this in­cludes in­vest­ment in ba­sic ed­u­ca­tion which is not the re­spon­si­bil­ity of the federal govern­ment but that of state gov­ern­ments, in all a bid to pro­mote ed­u­ca­tion in the coun­try.

Chief Wike said not less than N480 bil­lion has so far been re­leased to federal uni­ver­si­ties, poly­tech­nics and Col­leges of Ed­u­ca­tion across the coun­try by the Ter­tiary Ed­u­ca­tion Trust Fund for var­i­ous forms of in­ter­ven­tions in­clud­ing re­search, in­fra­struc­ture de­vel­op­ment and train­ing among oth­ers, urg­ing heads of the ed­u­ca­tional in­sti­tu­tions to ac­cess the funds.

Vice Chan­cel­lor of the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa Univer­sity, Bauchi, Pro­fes­sor Mo­hammed Hamisu Mo­hammed, thanked TETFUND for the spe­cial in­ter­ven­tion of N3 bil­lion given to the univer­sity which was in­vested in the li­brary com­plex and school of en­gi­neer­ing among oth­ers.

He also thanked the board of trustees of the fund for re­leas­ing the N400m be­ing used to build the med­i­cal col­lege in the univer­sity. Chair­man of the Board of Trustees of TETFUND, Dr Musa Babayo, said they were man­dated by law to re­spond to the de­cay in the state of in­fra­struc­ture and de­clin­ing qual­ity of ed­u­ca­tion, say­ing over the years vir­tu­ally all the ter­tiary in­sti­tu­tions have been re­vi­tal­ized due to TETFUND in­ter­ven­tion.

Stu­dents of Federal Polytech­nic

Bauchi protest­ing dur­ing the stake­hold­ers

town hall meet­ing on

TETFUND in­ter­ven­tion

in ter­tiary in­sti­tu­tions in the North­East Zone in Bauchi yes­ter­day.

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