The Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP) yesterday kick started its 71st National Executive Council (NEC) meeting in Birnin Kebbi with a resolution to bar professors from becoming rectors of polytechnics in the country.
Speaking during the opening ceremony of the week-long meeting holding at the Waziri Umaru, Federal Polytechnic, Birnin Kebbi, ASUP’s National President, Comrade Chibuzor Benjamin Asomugha, said the era where professors are appointed as rectors of polytechnics is gone.
“We have resolved that professors would no longer serve as rectors of polytechnics. Only chief lecturers who are in the polytechnic system will head our institutions.
No more outsiders, no more university don as rector. What we want now is for onlythose who are in the polytechnic system to be rectors.
We have many qualified persons in the system,” he said.
For the country to advance forward technologically, he said the Federal and state governments must appointonly people in the system to head their institutions.
“For instance, all those who were short-listed as rectors for both Kaduna and Mubi Federal polytechnics were professors, so-called university dons.
We fought it and now we have one of our own as rector of the Kaduna Polytechnic, remaining that of Mubi Polytechnic.
We will continue to fight to ensure that only those in the polytechnic head us,” he added.
Daily Trust reports that Dr. Mohammed Bello Ibrahim of the Department of Applied Science at the Kaduna Polytechnic was on August 27th appointed by President Goodluck Jonathan to head the institution. Dr. Ibrahim, who hails from Zaria, resumed duty last, Monday as rector of the institution.
According to the ASUP boss, the only way to raise standard in the polytechnic sector was to appoint people who are familiar with the sector and not to bring in university professors who he referred to as outsiders.
He further stated that for the polytechnic sector to advance forward and perform its statutory functions, the Federal Government must adequately fund the institutions.
Also speaking, Rector of the Waziri Umaru, Federal Polytechnic, Birnin Kebbi, Architect Mohammed Kabiru Nabade, identified with the ideals and aspirations of ASUP for the acceleration of the development of the sector, saying unions aid positive development.
“The new scheme of service of polytechnics would be ready next week. The Head of Service will approve it. I therefore urge all stakeholders to immediately approve it in order to boost the morale of polytechnic workers,” he said.