Kebbi poly teach­ers sus­pend strike

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Garba Muham­mad, Birnin Kebbi & Habibu Umar Aminu

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.

PHOTO NAN

Comp­trol­ler of Cus­toms, Kaduna/Katsina States Com­mand, Al­haji Yer­ima Abubakar (sec­ond right), ad­dress­ing news­men over seized car­tons of Tra­madol Cap­sules in Katsina yes­ter­day.

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