ASUP Akwa Ibom chapter condemns loss of accredited programmes.

The Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics –ASUP, Akwa Ibom state Polytechnic chapter has decried the loss of accreditation in some programmes of the institution.

Arising from an emergency congress of the union held at Akwa Ibom State Polytechnic, Ikot Osurua, the union vowed to resist the redeployment of its members to other institutions and ministries as a consequence of the closure of the affected departments and programmes.

It listed the affected departments and programmes to include, National Diploma in Electrical Engineering, National Diploma in Survey and Geo-informatics and Higher National Diploma in Science Technology.

The union in a communiqué issued at the end of the emergency meeting jointly signed by the Chapter Chairman Comrade Iboro Ibara, the chapter General secretary, Comrade Patrick Akpan and 52 other members queried the whereabouts of about four hundred million Naira which was allegedly expended by the management of the institution on purchase of laboratory equipment and workshop machinery meant for the accreditation of the affected departments and other departments last year.

Our correspondent Mfon Ottuk reports that the lecturers also expressed dismay that twenty three years after establishment of the polytechnic which they described as the pioneer technology based institution in the state, the institution was yet to commence programmes in critical courses like mechanical Engineering , Hotel and catering management Technology , Higher National Diploma in civil engineering, amongst others, a situation they said is detrimental to the long –term development prospects of the State.

The union urged the state Government to show more interest in the manner in which funds appropriated for various projects were being utilized by the management of the polytechnic to realize the objectives for which the institution was established and also called on the Government to expedite action on the proposed amendment of the law establishing the polytechnic.

On the non-refund of the 7.5 per cent contributory pension to staff of the polytechnic, the union pleaded with the State Governor, Udom Emmanuel to direct the refund of all outstanding deductions to the staff of the institution.

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