From MATHEW JWANTU, Minna

The Academic Staff Union of Polytechnic (ASUP), Bida chapter has called on the Federal government to sack the Rector of the institution Dr. Abubakar Abdul Dzukogi, following mismanagement of funds meant for staffers.

Addressing Journalists on Wednesday when he led members of the Union to protest in Minna, the Chairman of ASUP, Bida Chapter, Dr. Umar Mohammed Saganuwan said the Rector also approved a ‘secret’ recruitment of 141 new staff including the non-payment of personnel’s emoluments.

A faction of ASUP under the leadership of Paul Fashagba, lambasted the Saganuwan faction for their calls saying “they are a group of lawless people misleading Nigerians.”

Fashagba said the alledged amounts claimed by the Saganuwan faction are fabricated and meant to portray the management in bad light.

However, Saganuwan said “the Rector, Dzukogi is corrupt and must be fired; he slashed our salaries and suspended our allowances. He and other principal officers have brought untold hardship on us all including the innocent students.

“For the past five months about four hundred junior staff have not gotten their N30,000 each amounting to N60,000,000; one hundred and fifty middle cadre staff owed N50,000 each amounting to N37,500,000 and one hundred and fifty senior staffers being owed N85,000 each amounting to N63,750,000 making it a total of N161, 250,000.”

He stated further that despite generating over N2billion last year, the sum of N250million which was set aside for members’ allowances was not given and the money can not be accounted for. “We are ready to lead the Federal government to investigate the fraudulent activity”.

The chairman also declared that it is not justifiable for the institution to recruit new staff especially when its members of staff have not being paid full salaries and other allowances since July 2019.

“The Rector invited cultists into our school, they are neither students nor staffers, they attacked us and almost killed one of our members. If we follow the actions of the Rector, we will go on strike on daily basis”, he added.

 

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