The Oasis Reporters
May 11, 2018
By Moses Gbande, Jos
The Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics, ASUP, Plateau State chapter has come down hard on the Plateau State Governor, Rt. Hon Simon Lalong and his appointees for deliberately refusing to attend the 5th Annual Conference of the union holding at the Plateau State Polytechnic, Jos Campus.
The chairman, Organizing Committee, Samuel Yise registered his displeasure in an interview with our correspondent at the Plateau State Polytechnic along Bukuru Road, the venue of the conference.
Yise lamented that despite the invitation sent to dignitaries including the governor of the state, Barr Bako Lalong, the governor did not attend in person nor send any representative.
He condemned the nonchalant attitude of the state government towards an educational programme of this magnitude.
“If a Governor of the state whose state is hosting this year’s conference which involves all the Polytechnics in the country was duly invited and couldn’t come, yet no representative of him could be sent, then it speaks volumes”, hr maintained.
Samuel said this year’s 2018 National Conference of the Academic Staff Union Of Polytechnics (ASUP) has as its Theme : Challenges And Prospects Of Nigeria’s Economic Recovery From A Depressed Economy, is the 5th of its series.
He further said a communique is expected to be issued at the end of the conference which is expected to last for three days.
In his keynote address delivered by the Vice Chancellor of Plateau State University Bokkos Professor Yohanna lzam, he said the theme of the conference is apt considering the build-up of events in the economic landscape on one hand and the challenges this poses for nation building on the other.
Professor Yohanna stressed that at a time when almost every problem in the country is attributed to the economic, he argued
that the only way out is to lay a solid foundation for the understanding of the phenomenon of economic recession and depression.
The Prof pointed out that the only way out of this economic quagmire is for security to be deepened as insecurity diverts the country’s resources that should have been deployed to developmental projects unfortunately gets expended in crisis management.
Other ways that inhibit economic growth would include ethno -religious cleavages which drown national will or patriotism.