ASUP urges gov­ern­ment to pay at­ten­tion to poly­tech­nics

Daily Trust - - LABOUR -

Pres­i­dent of the Aca­demic Staff Union of Poly­tech­nics (ASUP), Com­rade Chibuzo Aso­mugha has re­newed the union`s call for the gov­ern­ment to ad­dress crit­i­cal prob­lems fac­ing the poly­tech­nics across the coun­try.

Speak­ing to jour­nal­ists Fri­day in Abuja, Com­rade Aso­mugha lamented that for over one year af­ter the union sus­pended its strike ac­tion, which was ne­ces­si­tated by fail­ure of gov­ern­ment to ad­dress crit­i­cal prob­lems fac­ing the sec­tor, ma­jor­ity of the is­sues re­mained un­re­solved.

Some of the out­stand­ing is­sues, ac­cord­ing to the ASUP boss in­clude, re­view of the Polytech­nic Act, needs as­sess­ment and fund­ing of pub­lic poly­tech­nics; di­chotomy be­tween HND and de­gree grad­u­ates, non­im­ple­men­ta­tion of CONTISS 15 mi­gra­tion for the lower cadres and 7% aca­demic al­lowances.”

Oth­ers, ac­cord­ing to him are: “lop­sid­ed­ness in funds dis­burse­ment and in­ter­ven­tion by TETFUND; non-es­tab­lish­ment of the Na­tional Com­mis­sion for Polytech­nic (NCP).”

He said that the union in 2012 drawn the at­ten­tion of gov­ern­ment to very crit­i­cal needs of poly­tech­nics in the coun­try which was re­peat­edly ig­nored and as a re­sult led to a strike ac­tion from Oc­to­ber 2013 to July, 2014.

“When the strike was sus­pended, the is­sues at stake were not suf­fi­ciently tack­led by gov­ern­ment. We sus­pended the strike be­cause of the ex­i­gen­cies of the mo­ment and in or­der to pro­vide the nec­es­sary space for gov­ern­ment to ad­dress them.

“To­day, over 85% of th­ese prob­lems are still pend­ing and we are com­pelled to bring them to the at­ten­tion of the present ad­min­is­tra­tion driven by the hope that the gov­ern­ment will bring to bear on th­ese is­sues the same se­ri­ous­ness and pas­sion for ex­cel­lence it has ap­proached na­tional de­vel­op­ment,’’ he said.

He de­cried what he called ‘dis­crim­i­na­tory cut off mark be­tween poly­tech­nics and uni­ver­si­ties’ by the Joint Ad­mis­sions Ma­tric­u­la­tion Board (JAMB), say­ing the pol­icy makes polytech­nic a less de­sir­able des­ti­na­tion for pur­suit of ter­tiary ed­u­ca­tion.

Ac­cord­ing to him, can­di­dates seek­ing to be ad­mit­ted into the poly­tech­nics should be placed on the same bench­mark as their univer­sity coun­ter­parts.

The union leader said there is an ur­gent need to stop pub­lic per­cep­tion that the polytech­nic sec­tor is in­fe­rior to the uni­ver­si­ties.

He said “It will no longer be ac­cept­able by the union, a sit­u­a­tion, where can­di­dates sit for the same ex­am­i­na­tion but are al­lo­cated dis­crim­i­na­tory cut-off points into the uni­ver­si­ties, poly­tech­nics and col­leges of ed­u­ca­tion re­spec­tively.”

While speak­ing on the Trea­sury Sin­gle Ac­count (TSA), Aso­mugha said the union though com­mended gov­ern­ment’s in­ten­tion, said the ed­u­ca­tional sec­tor should be ex­empted due to its pe­cu­liar­i­ties.

“The ter­tiary sub-sec­tor is purely ser­vice-ori­ented and its rev­enue is specif­i­cally tied to the daily run­ning of the in­sti­tu­tions and for the pro­vi­sions of con­sum­ables needed for teach­ing and learn­ing.

The TSA,he said, though well in­tended will tie down the pro­cesses of pro­vi­sion of daily needs of the in­sti­tu­tions and there­fore ham­per ef­fi­cient ser­vice de­liv­ery.

“As well, if strictly ap­plied in its present for­mat, the full op­er­a­tions of ter­tiary ed­u­ca­tion in­sti­tu­tions will be greatly ham­pered with re­gard to ser­vice de­liv­ery, per­son­nel mo­bil­ity, and global as­pi­ra­tions,”he added.

Pres­i­dent of the Aca­demic Staff Union of Poly­tech­nics (ASUP),Com­rade Chibuzo Aso­mugha

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