The ongoing crisis of confidence rocking the Federal Polytechnic Bida, in Niger state that has crippled academic and commercial activities on the campus of the Institution in Bida and its environs took a turn for the worst on Tuesday as the academics staff union of the institution demanded for the removal of the Management team led by the Rector, Dr. Abubakar Abdul Dzukogi
Chairman of the ASUP, Federal Polytechnic Bida,Chapter, Dr. Umar Mohammed Saganuwa who had been on a running battle with the management of the polytechnic and had been issued a suspension letter in conjunction with his ASUP executives, has called on the Federal Government to sack the Dr. Abubakar Abdul Dzukogi-led management for peace to reign in the institution.
The ASUP chairman, Dr Saganuwa who stormed the Niger State Police Command Headquarters, Minna, the state capital, with his Executive members and some placards carrying congress delegates were, however, unable to see the state’s Police Commissioner, Mr Adamu Usman.
Speaking to journalists shortly after their protest, the ASUP Bida poly chapter chairman, accused the polytechnic’s Rector and his management team of financial impropriety and urged the Federal Ministry of Education to institute a commission of Inquiry to probe the financial dealings of the school management.
He explained that the grouse of the union with the Rector and the management team was his failure to pay Academic staffs their earned allowances despite, the increased internally generated revenue of the institution.
“In 2015 the institution generated over N800 million as internally generated revenue, 2016 over N1.2billion, 2017 about N2 billion and recently the over N200million earmarked for our allowances suddenly developed wings”
He accused the Rector of ineptitude leadership style, saying,” under his watch, the famed Bida standard which the polytechnic was known for is falling at an alarming rate”.
“Each time we asked for our entitlement, he keeps telling us there was a shortfall in the allocation as if we are the only federal institution in the country”, he stated
He disclosed further that, the chairman of the Niger state council of traditional rulers and Etsu Nupe, Alhaji Yahaya Abubakar had initiated a dialogue between the Union and the management, arguing that despite assurances and pledge of implementing the terms of agreements, the Management allegedly reneged.
‘ On behalf of our congress members, I want to alert students and Nigerlites that, the Rector we have it on good authority has already issued dismissal letters and only waiting to be served on us thereby compounding the situation in the institution”, he concluded