From Yakubu Mustapha, Minna.
Federal Polytechnic Bida has organized a One Day Retreat on the restoration of peace, peaceful coexistence and understanding amongst the staff, students and management so as to end its long crisis that rocked the institution.
The retreat however witnessed paper Presentations by scholars on ‘Institutional Governance in Compliance with Enabling Laws in Government Agencies’ and ‘Management of Institutional Conflicts: The Roles of Management, Staff and Students’
The Rector, Dr Abubakar Abdul Dzukogi during the opening ceremony in Bida yesterday, disclosed that the major aim of the retreat was for the stakeholders to be more enlightened and understand better the policy trust of his administration.
Dzukogi added that they would be a braced with the laws and acts establishing the institution as well as laws governing the existence of every staff hence the need for the participation of the Deans, Directors, Heads of Department (HODs) and Union leaders so as to pass the message down to the people.
He explained that he was never deterred but remain focused despite crisis hence the tremendous achievements recorded since he came on board while reassuring to sustain the tempo and undistracted academic calendar by given required priority to students.
The Rector however stated that since the October 2020 peace meeting between the management and the union held in Abuja a relative peace has begun to restore in the institution, adding that the retreat will further add value in restoring peace because they will be more enlightened and better informed for the disappearance ignorance in some quarters.
He maintained that the institution required N22 million for the payments of staff allowances on monthly basis from the IGR in which they have agreed with the union to pay the backlog while he lamented over the under funding of the sector and called for the federal government intervention.
In his remarks, the chairman of the occasion and former Rector, Alhaji Mohammad Shamaki Ibrahim charged to always dialogue in solving problems no matter the differences rather than crisis.
“It is better dialogue, discuss, analyze and listen to take a better position, it’s regrettable for the longtime crisis that rock the school” calling on the management and the union to ensure peace for the growth and development of the institution.
Accordingly, papers presenters by the Director Legal Services Ministry of Education, Grace Ekanem on Institutional Governance in Compliance with Enabling Laws in Government Agencies while former Director of the ministry, Dr H. N Oyekwere spoke on the Management of Institutional Conflicts: The Roles of Management, Staff and Students.
They both spoke extensively on the two topics that the polytechnics operates under laws, acts and must not go contrary but to be strictly followed while advising staff and students allowed conflicts generate to crisis as the management styles should provide inclusiveness and open door policy for all.