The National President of the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP), Usman Dutse has expressed gratitude to President Muhammadu Buhari for signing the Polytechnic Act Amendment Bill into law while urging the government to meet other demands of the academic body.
Schoolworld findings show that the bill is expected to address all bureaucracies in the sector, minimise internal rumblings and problems as well as promote industrial harmony in the sector; it should also improve productivity and best practices in Polytechnics and Monotechnics across the country.
Mr. Dutse told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos on Wednesday that he hopes all agencies concerned would commence its implementation immediately because it will minimise government interference.
He said the Union is “happy that finally, the bill has been signed; and we thank God Almighty for this great feat we have recorded in the sector.
“The law is a paradigm shift in the polytechnic sector; it will address many challenges bedeviling the sector.
“We appreciate President Buhari for assenting to the bill because we made series of efforts in the sixth and seventh assembly, but all the efforts ended without any result.
“We thank God that this time, we were able to achieve something, and we believe it will be a paradigm shift in the sector.
“The law will bring development into the system, minimise internal challenges and conflict in the sector; it will bring about increase efficiency in operations, minimise government interference and improve democracy in the sector
“I want to encourage all stakeholders to implement the law. We are calling on all the agencies to immediately commence implementation.
We are appealing to all the agencies concerned to do the needful without further delay,” he said.
Other Demands by ASUP
While the Government has done well by passing and signing the Polytechnic Act Amendment Bill into law, there are several other demands by the Union that are yet to be taken care of.
The Union is calling “on the government, to without further delay, release the approved funds for the NEEDS assessment in all polytechnics, so that with the review of the law, everything will be complemented.
“The NEEDS assessment is to ensure a sustained and effective intervention in the infrastructure and other needs of our institutions, and it is long overdue.
“A good law without good infrastructure in the polytechnic will not yield the desired result; so we want government to improve infrastructure facilities in the sector.
“We also want government to meet all other demands which include reviewing the Memorandum of Action, release of the revitalisation fund, non-payment of salaries by some state governments, payment of CONTISS 15 arrears and HND/BSc dichotomy, among others,” he said.