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Nigeria: Why Lecturers Are Threatening To Close Down Kaduna Polytechnic

By Longtong Ibrahim

Kaduna (Nigeria) — Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP), Kaduna Polytechnic Chapter on Friday threatened to shut down the institution over reappointment of Dr. Muhammed Bello Ibrahim as the institution’s Rector, saying, the institution needs a selfless, transparent, dedicated, patriotic individual who would work for the attainment of the institution’s vision and mission.

Addressing journalists Friday, ASUP Chairman of the Polytechnic, Dr. Aliyu Hassan Ibrahim said, the high level of decay in the institution was basically as a result of corruption, mismanagement, misappropriation of fund and connivance with bootlickers and sycophants that are determined to kill the system at all cost, adding that, all these were evident throughout the four years of the Rector’s administration.

while calling on the federal government and federal ministry of education for the annulment of his reappointment, the Union noted that, reappointing him would be tantamount to another four years of disaster for the students and staff of the institution.

He said, “This misery makes accountability questionable and thus suffocating the system, this must stop as we advice that the Hon. Minister of Education should call for vacancy advertisement instead of re-appointing Dr. M. B. Ibrahim for the second time.

The Union further alleged that in the Rector’s administration, “December 2015 salary was paid in 4 installments of 24.9%, 25.1%, 25% and 25% respectively over a period of two months.

“N67m of December 2015 salary is yet to be fully paid in terms of cooperative deductions, tax remittances, church and mosques deductions, etc.

“Diversion of N36m TETFUND construction fund to other charges making it impossible to pay-off contractors after five month of project completion.

“Investing over N900m for the upgrading of Applied Science laboratory which visually cannot be substantiated, for example Procurement of Equipment for Borosilicate Turbing machine for the Department of Applied Science CST (Lot B2) under 2011/2012 TETFund Normal Intervention of N18, 010, 628.97 paid on the 25th August, 2016 (a day to his official exit), please visit the lab to see for yourself. The money was paid to SSECCONN LTD at exactly 5.54pmthrough Zenith bank with account No. 1011471553 via remita STP, Batch number 426.

“Illegally operating the account of the institution from 27th August till 18thOctober, 2016 with transaction to the tune of N1.091b (through GIFMIS and REMITAS) which mostly are made through personnel cost and SMKMC bills.

“Transferring of excess personnel cost to other charges to pay contractors (gross misappropriation of fund).
“Presently the accreditations of over 18 courses have expired since January 2016 and you know what that means.
“Expending over N87m on a flop convocation that was not attended by graduating students.

“A leader that is insensitive to the plight of his staff in terms of payment of allowances, promotion implementation/arrears and the squandering of over N700m internal generated revenue (IGR) on yearly basis.

“For instance, a TETFUND merged intervention project (Department of Environmental Science) has been completed for the past two years but the leadership of Dr. M. B. Ibrahim could not furnish the classrooms with only N5m out of the over N700m being generated as IGR annually, thereby leaving the structure abandoned to the caprices of rodents and weeds.

“We need a Rector that is selfless, transparent, dedicated, patriotic and nationalistic to the vision and mission of Kaduna Polytechnic and obviously all these qualities are lacking in the person of the former Rector.

“We shall reject anyone who will not propagate the vision of our dear institution in positive light as enjoyed during the tenure of Mallam Hamman Tukur and Dr. A.T. Abdullahi.

“The academic staff union will not sit down and fold its arms without asking for the right type of leadership and management from government,” he stressed.

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