The Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP) have commended the federal government for the commencement of the payment of National Minimum Wage Arrears (NMWA) to polytechnic lecturers.
The union in a statement signed by the Zonal Publicity Secretary, ASUP Zone ‘A’ on Thursday during the conclusion of the second quarter 2022 zonal Executive Council meeting in Birnin Kebbi.
”There are a lot of challenges from the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS) ranging from underpayment to omissions.
“Others are payment of revitalisation funds, the appointment of unqualified Rectors, among others.
”There is a need for urgent attention to these demands for harmonious coexistence,” the union said.
The council however noted that the federal government was yet to implement the Consolidated Polytechnics and Colleges of Education Academic Staff Structure (CONPCASS) in Katsina, Kaduna and Zamfara states.
It added that the 2022 promotions at the Hussaini Adamu Federal Polytechnic, Kazaure, Jigawa were also not implemented yet.
“The council frowns at the recent reversal of the 65 years retirement age for polytechnic staff by the Kano State government while its earlier pronouncement was loudly applauded across all quarters.
“The council calls on the government to hasten the passage of the bill into law, considering the importance of the policy to the state.
“We also frown at the non-remittance and delay of union dues, third party deductions, promotion and promotion arrears by the federal and state governments of Zamfara, Kano, Niger states amongst others,” it noted.