Kebbi poly teachers suspend strike
The Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP), Waziri Umaru Federal Polytechnic, Birnin Kebbi, Tuesday announced suspension of its nine-month-old strike.
Malam Kabiru Yunusa, chairman of the union, said the suspension was to allow students complete the 2012/ 2013 academic session that was disrupted by the strike.
He told newsmen in Birnin Kebbi that the lecturers would resume on Monday, April 28.
Yunusa assured that the resumption was not meant to sabotage the ongoing nationwide strike by ASUP. He said the suspension followed a plea by students and management of the institution. He however added that the polytechnic has no reason to continue with the strike because the major demands of ASUP, including the inauguration of councils for polytechnics and formation of needs assessment committees, have been met.
“Our branch is only expecting the unconditional implementation of CONTISS 15 in the near future. The federal government has directed the national chairman of ASUP to liaise with the Head of Service and the Minister of Education to consider how the disparity between university Degree and HND will be bridged,’’ he said.
It was however gathered that the decision by the branch polarised the lecturers, with some supporting it as “a patriotic gesture’’ while others were totally opposed to it, saying it would sabotage future efforts of ASUP.
When contacted on the announcement, the Rector of the polytechnic, Malam Sani Zuru, declined comment.
Meanwhile, president of the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics ( ASUP) Chibuzor Asomugha, has said that severe penalties await any polytechnic that disrupts the ongoing ASUP strike by reopening.
Speaking with Daily Trust in Abuja, Asomugha noted that some chapters of the union are under intense pressure to reopen, adding: “There are penalties involved in our constitution to take care of such betrayal. We consider them betrayers, given the general characteristics of this strike’’.
He added: “We would have suspended the strike three weeks ago, but up till now, government has not even bothered to get back to us with development from our last meeting. With this kind of behaviour, it is obvious that there is no sincerity’’.
He said the “divide and rule” policy being adopted by government to break the ranks of the union will not prosper as the union remains resolute in its cause. He further stated that the union will embark on a protest next week to press home its demands.
Comptroller of Customs, Kaduna/Katsina States Command, Alhaji Yerima Abubakar (second right), addressing newsmen over seized cartons of Tramadol Capsules in Katsina yesterday.