Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Polytechnic (SSANIP) has said that the Treasury Single Account (TSA) introduced by the federal government last year is not favorable to tertiary education in the country.
The union also called that tertiary education be exempted from the implementation of the new policy.
The observation was contained in a communiqué issued by the union after their 50th General council meeting and executive council meeting held at the Plateau State Polytechnic Jos.
The communiqué which was signed by its national president Rev Sunday Sabo and its national secretary Chief Jegede
The communiqué reads that “The meeting observed that the implementation of the treasury single account (TSA) should be reviewed because its implementation is starving the tertiary educational institutions of need funds.
The implementation is also slowing down the day to day running of the Polytechnic and other tertiary education. We therefore suggests that the tertiary education be exempted from the implementation of the policy.
“For instance, in the provision of basic social amenities in the school, the students will not have the patience to wait for the process created by TSA. Students will not want to wait for government if they are to read for exams and there is no electric light or water to cook in the hostel.
“If a lecturer drops dead, the school has to wait for a year to recruit another lecturer, this will delay a lot of things”
The union also made case for payment of arrears of CONTISS 15, appointment of rectors for some federal polytechnics, inclusion of monotecnics as beneficiary of TETFUND, constitution of visitation panel for state owned tertiary institutions etc.
The union also raised its voice against the planned sales of some national assets to cushion the economic recession, saying, “Council in session condemn in its entirety the planned sales of strategic national assets by the federal government in an attempt to get out of the present economic recession.
“This plan is viewed as an attempt to further impoverished the already downtrodden masses”
The 50th national executive council meeting from 26-30th September TSA is staffing education, the sector should be exempted from the TSA they added.