Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics, ASUP, has sent a strong notice to state governments not to divert the Federal Government financial bailout to states for political frivolities, but to “settle all outstanding salaries and allowances owed its members in order to avert disruption of academic activities in the sector.”
This was contained in a press statement signed by ASUP National Publicity Secretary, Mr. Clement Chirman and made available to newsmen in Jos.
The union decried closure of state polytechnics due to non-payment of salaries to their workers.
While charging the Governors to take advantage of the bailout, ASUP cited the cases of Plateau, Benue, Osun and Oyo among others, where the state governments owe Polytechnic lecturers between six and ten months salary arrears, an experience the union said was unhealthy for the country’s quest for educational development which could impact negatively on the future of Nigerian youths.
Commending President Mohammadu Buhari for coming to the rescue of the states on the matter, ASUP called for close monitoring of the disbursement of the funds to ensure they were used for the purpose for which they were released.
ASUP also used the medium to express dissatisfaction over the lingering problem of dichotomy between graduates of university and polytechnic; non-passage of The Polytechnic Act; non-implementation of the NEEDS Assessment report, unfavourable working environment at some polytechnics, especially Federal Polytechnic, Oko; and the general poor funding of Polytechnic education in Nigeria.

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