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FG Yet To Release N15bn Fund For Polytechnics — ASUP

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The Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP) had disclosed that the federal government is yet to release the revitalisation fund it earlier approved.

ASUP, had In June 2021 suspended its 65-day-old strike which it embarked on over government’s failure to meet some of its demands.

Speaking on Wednesday, Anderson Ezeibe, ASUP president, made it known at the opening of a week-long national delegates conference of the union in Asaba.

According to NAN, Ezeibe said: “When we returned from strike, we were given a document showing the approval of N15 billion as revitalisation of the infrastructural fund in lieu of the implementation of the need assessment reports of 2014,”

“Six months down the line, not a penny has been released. If you get to some polytechnics, you will see that a lot of them are TETfund institutions, that is why we are talking about stopping the issue of proliferation of polytechnics.

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“If you are not ready to fund the existing institutions, do not establish more. Do not establish polytechnics just because you want to attract TETfund.”

Ezeibe decried the non-appropriation of capital expenditure in many state-owned polytechnics.

“In so many state owned polytechnics, capital appropriation is virtually non existence, every single infrastructure, is sponsored by TETfund,” the ASUP president added.

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“If you want to establish a polytechnic, bear in mind to meet the educational and technological needs of your people.”

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