Kebbi ASUP ex­plains po­si­tion on strike

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Garba Muham­mad, Birnin Kebbi

Kebbi State chap­ter of the Aca­demic Staff Union of Poly­tech­nics (ASUP) has faulted re­ports on the sus­pen­sion of the strike in Waziri Umaru Federal Polytech­nic, Birnin Kebbi.

A state­ment signed by chair­man of the chap­ter, Com­rade Kabiru Yunusa, said the news­pa­per re­port was a mis­rep­re­sen­ta­tion of his po­si­tion as chair­man of ASUP and mem­bers of the chap­ter’s ex­ec­u­tives.

“What hap­pened was that we called a meet­ing in or­der to ad­dress the is­sue of the reg­is­ter opened by man­age­ment of the in­sti­tu­tion for our mem­bers to sign and col­lect March salary. The meet­ing we had was not in any way in­tended to dis­cuss the strike is­sue. How­ever, less than 24 hours be­fore the meet­ing, and days af­ter we dis­patched no­tice of the meet­ing, we re­ceived three letters of plea from Stu­dent Union, the emir of Gwandu and man­age­ment of the in­sti­tu­tion. It was on that ba­sis that the congress in­stantly, with­out re­course to fur­ther dis­cus­sion, re­vis­ited the is­sue of strike. The congress re­solved to al­low the stu­dents come and write the sec­ond se­mes­ter ex­am­i­na­tion for 2012/2013 aca­demic ses­sion,” he said.

On re­ports of ac­tions taken by the federal govern­ment on the HND/BSC di­chotomy, the chair­man said: “I think this is a clear in­di­ca­tion that the pub­lisher of the state­ment is ig­no­rant of the whole process. In the first place, we don’t have a na­tional chair­man, but a na­tional pres­i­dent. The HND/Bsc di­chotomy is purely ad­min­is­tra­tive”.

Yunusa main­tained that the na­tional lead­er­ship of ASUP is fight­ing a le­git­i­mate cause “and the chap­ter is strongly be­hind them. We be­lieve that the 13 key de­mands of ASUP are not pe­cu­liar to one polytech­nic. These de­mands are for the bet­ter­ment of the sec­tor and the stu­dents, not only for our mem­bers. In fact, of the 13 is­sues, only one can be said to have di­rect im­pact on our mem­bers, that is; im­ple­men­ta­tion of CONTISS 15 mi­gra­tion and the pay­ments of its ar­rears. CONTISS 15 mi­gra­tion is salary, not al­lowance; it is a right. As I speak with you now, the ar­rears have not been paid. Take the case of the Needs As­sess­ment, of course, they came and did their work but the work has not yet been com­pleted”.

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