…Asks for removal of Rector, FedPoly, Ile Oluji
By Joe Adedeji, Ilorin
The Senior Staff Association of Nigeria Polytechnics (SSANIP) has lent its voice to the calls for a decimation of insurgency and insecurity in the country.
Speaking in an interview with newsmen in Offa, Kwara State, President of the Association, Comrade Philip Ogunshola, said wanton killings in Nigeria had become a national threat and everybody is worried.
SSANIP said the concern of his association was more registered now at a time that Nigerians are clamouring for the re-opening of schools.
He asserted that schools can safely reopen in Nigeria when government had put adequate measures in place most importantly, security of students and staff of various levels of educational institutions
“Much as government is concerned with straightening the curve of COVID-19 pandemic, it should also straighten the curves of insurgency, wanton killings and kidnapping. Security must be guaranteed everywhere,’’ he said.
“No parent will be happy to see his wards whose education had been adversely affected by the COVID-19 lockdown walk into the dens of terrorists or killers in any part of the country. This is the position of SSANIP.”
Speaking for his association, Ogunshola demanded that medical doctors working in the polytechnics across Nigeria are also on the front line in the fight against corona virus.
He therefore said allowances paid to medical personnel in government services in other sectors is also due to doctors in the polytechnics because polytechnic staff that these doctors treat are also Nigerians who are equally vulnerable to COVID-19.
Meanwhile, SSANIP had earlier called for the reversal of the second term tenure given to the Rector of Federal Polytechnic, Ile Oluji in Ondo State.
According to them, the new Polytechnic Act in Nigeria forbids second term tenure for Rectors in the Polytechnics and therefore called on the Federal Ministry of Education and the National Board for Technical Education (NBTE) to reverse Ile Oluji Federal Polytechnic Rector’s appointment immediately.
The decision was taken at the South West Zonal meeting of SSANIP held in Offa, Kwara State.