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Polytechnic workers in the country yesterday charged President-elect, Gen. Mohammadu Buhari to give welfare of Nigerian workers a top priority in his administration.

The workers also asked Buhari’s government to overhaul the entire education system if the falling standard is to be improved.

The workers who spoke under the aegis of Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Polytechnics (SSANIP) lamented that political office holders in Nigeria earn “fabulous salaries” and allowances when compared with their counterparts world over adding that Nigerian workers are among the least paid globally.

“The Association congratulated Gen. Buhari, his Vice Prof Yemi Osibajo and the All Progressives Congress (APC) for their victory at the
March, 28 Presidential election and urged them to be magnanimous in victory”.

The workers noted that the antecedents of the President-elect, especially in the area of anti graft crusade actually endeared him to
SSANIP, whose members have been on a nationwide strike since March 24

They observed that “the Nigerian workers have great hope in the President-elect and we therefore urge him to tackle, head on, the issue of corruption which has eaten deep into our socio-economic and political fabrics”.

“If you (Buhari) can win the war against corruption and general indiscipline, a broader way will be opened for Nigeria’s accelerated development”, SSANIP pointed out.

It commended President Goodluck Jonathan for his “courage, love of the nation and believe in oneness of Nigeria” which they said he exhibited by his acceptance of the verdict of the presidential election.

The Association wished the incoming President a “tenure that will be full of unprecedented achievements and progress in all national endeavors”.


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