Activities at the federal Polytechnic Mubi, Adamawa State have come to a complete halt as Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP) of the institution commenced indefinite strike today.
Our reporter who was at the institution observed that lecturers have deserted classes as the institution maintained the peace of a grave yard.
ASUP has last week threatened to down tools with effect from today over the failure of the management of the institution to meet critical demands of the union.
The decision to commence the strike followed collapse of dialogue between the union and the management on Friday which ended in a deadlock.
The demands of ASUP as contained in a press release signed by the leadership of the union include; non-implementation of arrears, victimization of union Executives and members through unlawful termination of appointments, tactical reduction of check off dues by the Bursar, denial of promotions, non inclusion of union representatives in all Polytechnic committees and above all, the non inclusion of the union’s members in Academic Board which contravened Polytechnic Act 2019.
“The management of federal Polytechnic Mubi in an attempt to discuss the burning demands raised by ASUP summoned Board meeting on Monday 19th October 2020.
“The ASUP had earlier declared the Board illegal on ground that it was dysfunctional, not inaugurated and the management denied the union’s representation which is alien to any federal Polytechnic.
“The Union has learnt of the convocation of the Academic Board meeting for the purpose of the consideration of the re-opening of the school and that of the revised Academic calendar.
“This action of the management is not only regrettable but also an insult to the entire Academic Staff of this institution, while the union is not against the convocation of the Academic Board, the union frowns at the continuation of the blatant abuse of the Polytechnic Act borrowing a leaf from the unfortunate tenure of Dr. Sadiq A. Yahya,” the statement said.
The statement added “the position of the Academic representation on the Board is not negotiable, the decision of the Board without the input of our representative is null and void, more so, now that the union has declared a trade dispute.
“With this position, ASUP has totally declared that there is no Academic Board on ground presently and the union will not recognize any decision taken by the so-called board because it has representatives of Academic Staff as provided for in the new Polytechnic Act,” the statement further said.