The leadership of the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnic (ASUP) has rejected the appointment of new rectors and other major officers for the six newly established federal polytechnics located in Oyo, Enugu, Cross River, Plateau, Borno and Benue States.
In a letter dated April 9, 2021, the Asup president, Anderson Ezeibe, said the appointment was in violation of the provisions of the Federal Polytechnic Law (Amendment) of 2019.
He said that five of the six new rectors were not qualified for the provisions that have dropped the requirements captured in section 8, 2 (a) i of the law.
“A rundown of the profiles of the beneficiaries of this latest act of impunity shows that 5 out of the 6 persons do not fit into the requirements of the law for appointment of Rectors in Federal Polytechnics in the Country. These beneficiaries include: the appointees for Federal “It is regrettable that the government, through officials of the Federal Ministry of Education has become principal violators of the laws governing the operations of the Nigerian Polytechnics.
“This latest assault is despite the contents of a recent ruling of the National Industrial Court in Abuja, where the provisions of the Federal Polytechnics (Amendment) Act 2019 were affirmed by the court and the Federal Ministry of Education and her officials undertaking to observe the provisions in totality.”
Meanwhile, the Senior Staff Association of Nigeria Polytechnics (SSANIP) has asked the federal government to begin plans for the establishment of the National Polytechnic Commission (NPC).
The Association, during its General Meeting of the Executive Board and the Special Conference Delegates held in Abuja on the weekend, said the National Board for Technical Education (NBTE), as currently constituted, since it could no longer address the needs of the Polytechnics in view of the new developments. As contained in the amended Polytechnic Law.
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