By Victor Ahiuma-Young
KANO â€” WORKERS in the nationâ€™s Polytechnics under the umbrella of Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Polytechnics, SSANIP, have called on the Federal Government to ensure prompt implementation of the 2001 re-renegotiated agreement reached with the association.
At the end of its 29th General Executive Council and National Executive Committee, GEC/NEC meeting held at Kano State Polytechnic, leaders of the association lamented that since the signing of the agreement months ago government had been slow in releasing the enabling circulars on the items agreed with the union.
A communique issued by National President and Secretary, Alhaji Ganiyu Akinleye and Abraham Haruna Ndandok respectively, at the end of the meeting regretted that the non-release of the appropriate circular, had led to the retirement of mostÂ members from service at age 60 years, instead of the 65 years as contained in the agreement.
The statement reads in part: â€œCouncil will appreciate that sincere and concrete steps be taken to ensure prompt implementation of the agreement.
“Council notes that since conclusion of negotiations and signing of the 2001 re-negotiated agreement, government has been slow in releasing the enabling circulars on the items agreed with the union.
“This has led to the retirement of most of our members from service at age 60 years, instead of the 65 years as contained in the agreement.
“Council, therefore, calls for the immediate inauguration of the implementation committee and the release of all relevant establishment circulars to facilitate the implementation of the items.
â€œCouncil is aware that serious effort has been put into the process for establishment of the National Commission for Polytechnics, and therefore demands that, both the Federal Executive Council and the National assembly expedite action in order to facilitate the take off of the commission.
“Council notes with serious concern the trend in the release of establishment circulars by NBTE to Federal Polytechnics and Colleges of Technology, a situation which put the State Polytechnics in serious disadvantage.