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NAAT seeks extension of anti-corruption fight to tertiary institutions




The National Association of Academic Technologists (NAAT) has urged the Federal Government to extend its anti-corruption crusade to tertiary institutions.

Rising from its 28th National Executive Council (NEC) held at the Ebonyi State University, Abakaliki, the association noted that the rising cases of allegations of corruption in the public tertiary institution have become a worrying development .

The communiqué, which was signed by the President of the association, Sani Suleiman and General Secretary, Iyoyo Hamilton, said there are issues of corruption in the system that must be tackled by the government.

The communiqué added: “It is of great importance to NAAT that the fight against corruption be extended to all public tertiary institutions. As a stakeholder in the system, the union knows that there are issues of corruption that need to be addressed.”

The association also cautioned government against using pension fund for infrastructural development as suggested by the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola. It decaled that the plan is unacceptable to the association and other industrial unions in the country because of the danger it portends to the interest of the working class.

NAAT stated that the non-implementation of the 2009 FGN/NAAT agreement could disrupt academic calendar in the various university campuses around the country .

It added: “NAAT calls on the Federal and State governments to fully implement the agreement which is long overdue for re-negotiation. This is important if the current industrial harmony on university campuses must be sustained, also, the Federal Government should put in place the necessary machinery for negotiation of the agreement.”

While urging the Federal Government initiate policies that are geared towards improvement in the technological and scientific development of the nation, NAAT called for the promptly release funds for the Direct Teaching and Laboratory Cost (DTLC) to realize the objectives of the programme .

The association commended the Federal Government for the sustained effort at fighting corruption and called for holistic approach and abhor selective onslaught.

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