The National Executive Council of the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP) in Nigeria held its 87th regular national executives council meeting in Jos, affirming that peace has return to Plateau state. The NEC meeting which draws delegates from zone A,B,C and D of the federation calls on the Plateau State Government to intensify efforts on the accreditation of programmes in the state polytechnic or risked the chances of loosing accreditation by the National Board for Technical Education(NBT) as the allotted period for accreditation in the institution will expired by June 2017.
The National President of ASUP, Comr. Usman Dutse stated this on 22nd March, 2017 during the opening ceremony of the 87th NEC meeting held at the Joseph Dariye Hall, Jos campus of the Plateau State Polytechnic Barkin-Ladi. The President affirmed that peace have returned to Plateau State compelling them to fix their 87th NEC meeting in Jos.
He said Plateau state polytechnic has not witness employment for the past 11 to 12 years. Since 2006 till date, many staff have retired while some have died leaving a huge workload on his members. He also charged government across the federation to give polytechnic Institutions their autonomy for optimal productivity of the technical education sector in the country, adding that the dichotomy between HND and Degree must be put to rest by the federal government as Polytechnic graduate stand tall in the scheme of works in the Country.
Comr. Usman, maintained that ASUP have for long not hold her NEC meeting on the Plateau due to insecurity for the past years, and commended the Plateau State Governor, Barr. Simon Lalong for his relentless efforts in the attainment of peace on the Plateau.
Plateau State Governor, Barr. Simon Lalong represented by the Director General, Research and Documentation, Prof. John Wade while declaring the 87th ASUP national executive council meeting open, disclosed that government haven inherited some challenges peculiar to tertiary institutions by past administration, the government have approved the released of N200 million to the Polytechnic for the accreditation and re-accreditation of courses at the national and higher national diploma (ND and HND) level in the state.
He pledged government’s commitment to the plight of the polytechnics, “Government will ensure the released of the approved funds that would enable the accreditation exercise completed within the second quarter of this year 2017,” he said.
The Director General also said the rescue government is ready to pay staff of tertiary institutions across the state whom their salaries were upheld by last administration due to “No work, no pay” policy as the the financial position of the state improved.
The Rector of Plateau State Polytechnic, Mr. Dauda Gyeman said the shortage of manpower in the institution is becoming a big problem to the institution where one lecturer is handling over a thousand students. He said some of the challenges facing the institution are beyond the management decision, “Our accreditation opportunity will elapsed in June 2017, if we miss this, that means we have to start all over again,” he said.
The host Chairman of ASUP, Plateau State Polytechnic chapter, Comr.Gizo Mankwat while delivering his welcoming speech said the story of salaries arias in the state is a thing of the past as the state government is doing its best to pay as at went due.
He thanked NEC for choosing Plateau state Polytechnic to host the over 70 Polytechnics and monotechnics across the federation. He pointed that the union ensure that its members are been promoted as at when due, “The union in its effort on social responsibilities reached out to the internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Plateau state, he however pledged the solidarity of his chapter to any state in the federation that is not at par with the Plateau state polytechnic in terms of salary payment.