From Francis Nansak, Lafia
The Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP) has appealed to the Nasarawa State Government to reinstate the seven remaining staff disengaged from the services of Nasarawa State Polytechnic (NasPoly), Lafia, in 2018.
The AUTHORITY gathered that 27 staff of the polytechnic employed in 2011 on permanent and pensionable appointment were unceremoniously disengaged from service in 2018, out of which 20 were however said to have been reinstated based on a government’s directive.
NasPoly ASUP Chairman, Comrade Sylvester Aku, who spoke based on what he said he knew about the disengaged staff, stated that in the first place, the engagement of the 27 affected individuals did not follow due process of employment.
According to him, there was no letter from the state government under the Umaru Tanko Al-Makura’s administration, directing or that approved the reinstatement of all the 27 as alleged, adding that the 20 that were reinstated was based on needs.
Comrade Sylvester, however appealed to the government to be large hearted and considered the reinstatement of the remaining seven staff, since they were served employment letters just like the others reinstated.
He said since the remaining seven have served the state for nine years, it will be wise to reinstate them rather than replacing or employing fresh persons, who will need to be trained afresh.
When contacted, acting Rector of the Polytechnic, Mrs Ruth Jiriko, in a telephone conversation, said she was yet to be briefed on the matter, as such she cannot speak on the issue of the disengaged staff.
She, however, promised to take up the matter before the polytechnic management to ascertain the true position.