POLYTECHNIC WORKERS CALL FOR NEW REGULATORY BODY

By Roundoffnews

Federal Government has been advised to introduce a separate body that will oversee and regulate the affairs of polytechnics in the country.         

At the moment, the polytechnic system in Nigeria is being monitored by the National Board for Technical Education NBTE alongside other technical and vocational institutions.

Speaking with newsmen in Ado Ekiti,  the National president, Senior Staff Association of Nigeria Polytechnics Mr. Adebanjo  Ogunsipe explained that a separate body for polytechnic would promote, improve supervision towards ensuring optimal productivity.

He spoke during the 61st NEC meeting of the union, held at the Federal Polytechnic Ado Ekiti which was attended by delegates from all polytechnics from across the country.

According to Mr. Ogunsipe, the responsibilities assigned to NBTE are overwhelming considering the large number of polytechnic and technical institutions under the body hence the need to accord a separate body to polytechnic like the universities and colleges of Education.

He affirmed that the union is in support of  IPPIS hoping that it would block leakages and irregularities on the payment of salaries.

The SSANIP president also called administrators of polytechnics to give priority to the welfare of workers and endeavor to give what is due to them.

“We are not envious of any rector because we know we can not be allowed to become one but what is due to us under the law should not be toyed with to avoid crisis.

Earlier, in his remark, the Rector Federal Polytechnic Ado Ekiti, Dr Dayo Oladebeye represented by Deputy rector administration Mr. Garba Olorunoje stressed the need for government to increase the allocation to Nigeria polytechnics as well as address the long time dichotomy between Universities and Polytechnics.

Earlier, the Ado Ekiti branch chairman of SSANIP Dr Oluwole Ayeni called for a review of policies and programmes of polytechnics to meet up with modern day reality.