The academic and non-academic staff unions at Nuhu Bamalli Polytechnic, Zaria, have given the state government a one-week ultimatum to address growing insecurity and poor living and academic conditions within the institution.
The Polytechnic consider embarking on an indefinite strike due to unpaid monthly overhead which has been delayed since February. This delay has resulted in the postponement of exams and result presentations, along with other issues such as supplying identity cards to students.
According to the Chairman of the Academic Staff Union of the Polytechnics (ASUP) at Nuhu Bamalli Polytechnic, Usman-Shehu Suleiman, the school faced a security crisis in June 2021 when academic staff, students, and their families were kidnapped. This led to the replacement of security guards with military personnel and members of the Kaduna State Vigilance Service. However, these security personnel are now planning to leave due to non-payment of allowances, putting the institution at risk.
Additionally, Mahmud Aliyu-Kwarbai, chairman of the non-academic staff union, highlighted the lack of functional security within the school, with security personnel from the Kaduna State Vigilance Service leaving their posts due to unpaid allowances, resulting in theft and vandalism on the campus.
The school’s management is currently working to address these concerns raised by the staff members.
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