The Kaduna Polytechnic Academic Staff Union (ASUP) has commenced an indefinite strike due to non-payment of 5-months allowances to its members as well as alleged misappropriation of about N260 million by the institution’s former leadership.
This decision was announced by the chairman of ASUP, Aliyu Ibrahim, in a resolution following a congress meeting held by the union.
The union also demanded the prosecution of the former Rector of the polytechnic, Dr. Mohammed Bello Ibrahim and bursar, Malam Sani Sahabi Bodinga who it accused of collaborating to siphon tax payers money from the coffers of the polytechnic.
Ibrahim said “the level of impunity, corruption and direct stealing of public funds in Kaduna polytechnic is alarming”, adding that ASUP “will not call off the strike until the 5 months arrears of peculiar academic and hazard allowance are paid”.
“The situation in Kaduna Polytechnic is dire and the time to act is now, the level of impunity, corruption and direct stealing of public funds in Kaduna polytechnic is alarming and which is usually shortchanged alongside the student whose finances were diverted for personal use instead of infrastructure and educational development of our dear institution would remain the voice of the people, the resolution stated.
“The congress has directed that indefinite strike should commence until the 5months arrears of peculiar academic and hazard allowance has been paid, hence all the cabals in the bursary, registry and rectory must be identified and punished especially the former Rector and Bursar who persistently collaborate to siphon tax payers’ money out of the covers (sic) of Kaduna polytechnic.
“We therefore, call on the federal government to take a decisive action before the situation becomes uncontrollable,” the resolution added.