Artificial selection

Fuel shortage: ASUP condemns act, says it creates artificial suffering for citizens

The Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP) has expressed concern over the current fuel shortage, describing it as an unfortunate situation that has plunged citizens into artificial suffering.

This was contained in a statement issued at the end of the first quarter 2022 Zone Executive Council (Zone A) (ZEC) meeting signed and made available to reporters in Dutse, the capital of Jigawa State, by the Zone Publicity Secretary, Comrade Basiru Yusuf, and it reads as follows: “the rise in the price of petroleum products and the unfortunate influx of ‘off-specification’ petroleum products have crippled the social and economic activities of the inhabitants from the country”.

“The level of inflation, aggravated by the incessant increases in the prices of electricity and raw materials, is the great concern of this association.”

In the statement, ASUP denounces the threat of insecurity sweeping the country, especially those related to the indiscriminate disregard for life and property by criminals in the form of rural banditry and kidnapping, armed robbery, community/religious confrontations, secessionist agitations. , etc and called for new and improved coordinated efforts to reduce them.

The association has expressed concern that the federal government has still not fulfilled its part of the agreement reached with ASUP to suspend the union’s latest strike action.

“It is believed that there is an urgent need to release a revitalization fund of N15 billion along with minimum wage arrears for affected members of the sector to permanently resolve this issue.”

“The continued non-remittance of the National Housing Fund, Pension Fund and other third-party deductions by IPPIS to numerous federal institutions draws the attention of the ZEC. This is testimony of the widespread accusation against the IPPIS. ZEC is therefore using this means to attract the attention of relevant ministries and agencies to quickly ensure that all such remittances,” the statement read.

Area A ASUP added that the discovery revealed that there is ongoing undue interference by outside forces in the appointment of the Rector of Kaduna Polytechnic without recourse to the Polytechnic Act 2019 (as amended) and calling for strict adherence to the provisions of the Act in the selection process and warns against such interference in the spirit of ‘equity.

Most said ZEC frowns at recent reversal of retirement age of 65 for polytechnic staff by Kano state government, while his earlier statement was loudly applauded in all quarters.

The ZEC has called on the Niger State government to urgently review the non-surrender of 7 months of contributions for the Polytechnic State School of Niger, Zungeru section of the Union, in order to allow it to operate in a transparent manner.

“ZEC hopes that the government will facilitate the reopening of schools and student hostels in

various institutions affected by situations of insecurity and make schools across the country safe and conducive to learning.

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