By Joy Odor
The Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP) has appealed to the Minister of Education, Alhaji Adamu Admu to intervene in the lingering crisis currently threatening the sector in order to avert strike actions.
The President of the Association, Mr. Anderson EzeIbe, made the appeal when he led a delegation on a working visit to the Ministry of Education represented by the Minister of State for Education, Mr. Emeka Nwajiuba in Abuja on Tuesday.
Mr. EzeIbe, who listed 10-point items threatening the harmony of the sector, said the timely intervention of the minister would save the sector from avoidable strike actions.
He called on to the leadership of the ministry to address the content of the needs assessment study of polytechnics since 2014.
According to him, with the gradual reopening, it is pertinent we bring forth these issues to be addressed to forestall chaos in the sector.
“We the leadership of ASUP appeals that the ministry urgently intervenes in some lingering issues in the sector which is currently threatening the sector.
“No single polytechnic has benefited from funds meant to address the content of the needs assessment exercise. The intent will be defeated if the polytechnics do not get the implementation.
“President Muhammadu Buhari signed the minimum wage effect from April 2019 and up till now, polytechnics in Nigeria are owed 10 months despite different levels of interventions from the Office of the Accountant General of the Federation and the rest.
“Only two states have the minimum wage bill implemented- Kano and Jigawa. No implementation has been made in other states. We also have states where members were owed 21 months and some not even paid during the lockdown.
Mr EzeIbe also listed another grey area of attention to include non-adherence to the provisions of the polytechnics Act as amended in 2019 as seen in the non-reconstitution of the governing council as well as the need to ensure that credible persons are appointed into the council.
He pleaded with the ministry to ensure that only persons who have a passion for education should be appointed to be in the governing counci