SSANIP Urges FG To Release NEEDS Assessment Report, Fund Polytechnics

Lagos  –   The Senior Staff Association of Nigeria Polytechnics (SSANIP) on Friday urged the Federal Government to, as a matter of urgency, release the report of the NEEDS Assessment of Polytechnics.

Rev. Sunday Sabo, National President of the union said this at the 52nd National Executive Council (NEC) meeting at the Lagos State Polytechnic (LASPOTECH), Ikorodu.

“The release of the report is essential to improve the education and working standard of the institutions.

“This union is uncomfortable with the kind of attention the federal government is paying to the funding of the Polytechnic sector.

“While the need for the release of the report is urgent, government must also make fund available for the implementation of the recommendation contained therein,’’ Sabo said.

He called on some state governors owing its members more than five months salaries to desist from such act, and not hide under the guise of recession.

Sabo said failure by the affected governors to comply with the demands of the union and pay the workers as expected would force the union to take drastic action.

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He also called on the affected state governors to stop the victimisation of its members in some state Polytechnics and similar institutions.

According to him, it is worrisome that some of its members facing victimisation in the affected states are being redeployed from the institutions to Ministries and other Departments.

Sabo also called on the federal and state polytechnics to ensure that appointment of Principal Officers was in line with the provision of scheme of service and Polytechnic Act.

“The union would resist attempts by any institution to derail from the extant provisions,’’ he added.

The association president demanded for the constitution of governing councils in all federal and state polytechnics.

He said that the absence of governing councils in the institutions was a hindrance to their smooth running in terms of getting approval for execution of policies and programmes.

Sabo said the union was also unhappy with the situation where the 65 years retirement age for Polytechnic workers was implemented only for the teaching staff in some state institutions.

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According to him, the continuous delay in the implementation of the law is unacceptable by the union.

The union demanded that the federal government immediately release fund for the payment of arrears due to CONTISS 15 migration with effect from 2009 as agreed.

Sabo, while commending the federal government for the approval of the abolition of the Higher National Diploma (HND) and Bachelor of Science (Bsc) dichotomy, demanded its implementation.

“We implore the Head of Civil Service of the Federation to, as a matter of urgency, release the white paper on the implementation of same in order to make it official and also implement it across the country without further delay,” he said.

The association president said no committee was set up by the government to meet with the union despite several letters to draw the attention of the government to its demands.

Sabo urged the government to constitute a committee to sit on the negotiation table with the union and discuss how to meet its demands.

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