The Emir of Gwandu in Kebbi State, Alhaji Muhammadu Illiyasu Bashar, has advised the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP) to call off their strike action stating that strike would not be the answer to the problems facing it.
The Emir who is also the Chairman of Traditional Rules in the State dropped this advice when the National President of ASUP paid him a “save our soul” visit at the Abdullahin Gwandu palace Birnin-Kebbi.
In his response, ASUP chairman EZEIBE appealed to the Emir to Beg Federal government on their behalf to release funds for the polytechnic lecturers.
“we sat severally with the government to find the solution to even half of the problems but most, unfortunately, the negotiations has not made any impact, so we are here today to seek for your fatherly advice as well as an intervention to over come these our predicaments,” EZEIBE said.
The National President of Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP) Mr Anderson U. Ezeibe said they were in the place to seek the emir’s intervention for the federal government to pay the backlog of salaries and other entitlement yet unpaid.
He told the emir that some polytechnics were owed twenty-six months salaries, a situation he described as a very unhealthy development that has turned many of the lecturers in such institutions to beggars and nothing seems to be done.
It is so Unfortunate that despite the return of the president to the country nothing has changed yet as the strike action still continues