The National Association of Nigerian Students, NANS, has expressed concern over incessant cases of internal strikes at the Federal Polytechnic, Bida.
This was noted by the association that the current crisis between the rector and some faction of the Academic Staff Union of the institution on the reappointment of Dr Abubakar Dzukogi has led to serious setback of academic activities in the institution.
A press statement issued by Comrade Abubakar Mohammed, Senate President, NANS said, “Our attention have been drawn to the current crisis rocking the Federal Polytechnic Bida between the Rector and Some Faction of the Academic Staff Union of the Institution on the reappointment of the Rector in person of Dr Abubakar Dzukogi.”
NANS observed, “That ASUP-Federal Polytechnic Bida constant internal strikes have been born out of greed and personal interests, not the interest of their members nor that of the students thereby setting the academic activities backwards and slow.
Federal Polytechnic, Bida
“That the Current ASUP Chairman of the polytechnic, Dr Umar Sanganuwan is interested in the position of the Rectorship and therefore using his office to always condemn the work of the incumbent Rector.
“That the Rector after a recent visit to the polytechnic has done well especially in the area of infrastructural development within the institution.”
NANS noted that the powers to appoint the Rector of a Federal Polytechnic by virtue of the Federal Polytechnic Act lies with the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria on the recommendation of the Polytechnic Council and not a factional Chairman of ASUP.
“We therefore warned, Dr. Saganuwan not to usurp the constitutional power of the President and the Polytechnic Council,” the statement explained.
NANS observed that “Dr Umar Sanhanuwan desist from playing politics with the future of our students by leading some of his co staff to unnecessary strike actions.
“That he (Umar Sanganuwan) join hands with the Rector to build a more developed learning environment for the Nigerian students
“That the Rector, Dr Abubakar Dzukogi has done efficiently well and hence deserves another chance.
“We hope that the Rector finds a more flexible means of settling this personal issues with the aggrieved ASUP members so he can focus on continuing with laudable projects and programmes he has for the polytechnic to move forward.”