The crises rocking Nigerian Polytechnic System occasioned by the protracted industrial face-off between the Federal Government and the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnic (ASUP) has assumed new dimension with the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Polytechnic threatening to proceed on an indefinite strike.
The strike threat borders on if its unmet demands, a statement on Tuesday by its National Public Relations Officer, Adebayo Ogunsipe, said.
SSANIP which went on a-three-month strike in 2013 rose from its 44th National Executive/General Executive Council meeting at The Polytechnic Ibadan, Oyo State, with a resolution to commence a nationwide strike if the Federal Government continues to turn a deaf ear to the issue that forced the association to go on strike in 2013.
It would be recalled that SSANIP had demanded full implementation on CONTISS 15 and payment of arrears accruable; the establishment of National Polytechnic Commission and exception of polytechnics/colleges of technology from the Integrated Personnel Payroll Information System (IPPIS).
Other demands of the association, according to Ogunsipe, included the removal of dichotomy and discrimination against HND holders, constitution of Federal Government’s panel on the review of 2001 re-registration agreements and adequate funding of the polytechnic sector.
SSANIP is also agitating for the release of government White Paper on visitation panel to federal polytechnics and the enforcement of the five (5)-year single term for principal officers of Nigerian Polytechnics.
Ogunsipe lamented that “government has failed to meet these demands except the release of the enabling circular for the full implementation of CONTISS 15 which has not been implemented in some federal and most state owned polytechnics.
The association also expressed displeasure at the spate of insecurity across the country noting that with the number of lives being lost on daily basis to insurgents and other security challenges, the Nigerian state is at war.
It urged governments at all levels to be more proactive on security matters in order to be able to protect lives and property of the citizenry.
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