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ASUP boss urges NASS to expedite action on new polytechnic acts


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In order to take polytechnics in Nigeria out of the woods and put on the ladder of efficiency to meet the market demands of quality technical graduates that can sustain the country’s industrial sector, the Vice Chairman of Academic Staff Union of Polytechnic (ASUP), Federal Polytechnic Mubi Chapter, Mallam Ahmed Abdulrasheed, has called on the National Assembly to expedite actions on the New Polytechnics Act Bill and pass it into law before the end of this year.

Abdulrasheed who spoke to The Guardian on yesterday in Yola, said that the New Polytechnics Acts will rescue the management of polytechnics in the country from the claws of Rectors, whom he said the old Act has given unfiltered powers to run Polytechnics as private estates.

According to him, the new Act would abolish two terms in Polytechnics, which has given rise to maladministration and corruption.

He said, “It will also empower board council members to remove erring rectors, as it is obtainable in universities.

Another advantage of the act will be that rectors will no longer be recruiting academic staff that has no required qualifications to be lecturers.”

“The outdated polytechnic laws give them that power to recruit without consulting the department concerned, as it is obtainable in the universities, we end up having third class graduate as lecturers in many polytechnics in Nigeria,” he added.

Abdulrasheed also called on the National Board for Technical Education (NBTE) as a supervising agency of polytechnics to take its constitutional roles serious, insisting on the rule of law running of the polytechnics in the country.

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