From Yakubu Mustapha, Minna
The Federal Polytechnic Bida chapter of the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP) has yesterday embarked on a peaceful protest over alleged plan to sack the union members by the management of the institution.
However, the lecturers carried their protest to the Etsu Nupe’s Wadata palace in Bida, Niger State, saying they were going to occupy the palace until the royal father wades into the crisis threatening to drown the institution.
The protesters were carrying placards with a various inscriptions like; “Dzukogi must go” “we will not be intimidated”, “we say no to forced sack” “Due process must be followed” and others.
The protesting union called for the intervention of Etsu Nupe, Alhaji Yahaya Abubakar so as to save the community from what they described as the greed and impunity of the Rector, Dr. Abubakar Abdul Dzukogi.
According to him, “the students are suffering, the parents are suffering, the community many businesses are almost paralyzed.
“Dzukogi finally wants to sack some staff for his alleged disobedience to his order despite members being on strike of which he has circulated a memo of No Work No Pay”, the ASUP Chairman, Dr. Umar Saganuwon said.
The lecturers had received messages on Tuesday of the plans of the Rector to dismiss all Deans, HODs and other individuals on Tuesday evening and the Union planned to protest over the proposed sack which they claimed was to intimidate them.
“Fellow comrades, the Rector has concluded plans to dismiss all CEC, all Deans, HODs and some individuals immediately. Members are therefore invited to converge at Bida forestry (Social Welfare) by 7 am tomorrow Tuesday 14/1/2020 prompt. Please put on your ASUP-BD T-Shirt and ID card. Chairman”, the text message read.
The Etsu Nupe, Dr.Yahaya Abubakar who , addressed the protesters called for calm and patience promising that the matter and issues raised would be addressed.