By Tony Edike
ENUGU–REGISTRARS of Polytechnics and Colleges of Technology in the country have appealed to the federal government to place their members on special salary scale like other public office holders on tenured appointments in view of the peculiar and onerous responsibilities they shoulder.
Rising from their meeting held at the Institute of Management and Technology, IMT, Enugu, the Registrars under the aegis of Conference of the Registrars of Polytechnics and Colleges of Technology in Nigeria, COREG, also appealed to the governments at the federal and state levels to provide adequate funding for Polytechnic education if the nation must realize its quest for technological development.
In a statement issued by its Chairperson, Mrs. A.I Ajayi, the Registrars also appealed to the Educational Trust Fund to reconsider its stand and extend the training funds to Registrars and other Principal Officers for workshops/conferences and long term academic training.
COREG said that awarding special salary structure to her members would not only enhance performance but would place them on the same level with the peers in other public offices.
They also appealed for gazetting of the new retirement age for non- teaching staff and the implementation of CONTEDISS 15 salary structure in the institutions.
The statement noted with satisfaction the federal government’s efforts at resolving industrial crises in tertiary institutions in the country and advises governments to ensure that all agreements entered into with the staff unions are implemented in the interest of the education sector.
On the ongoing voters registration exercise, it hailed the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC for its efforts so far as well as the extension granted to the people to register, while calling on those yet to register to use the opportunity of the extension to register.