President Muhammmadu Buhari, Attorney General of the Federal Republic of Nigeria,

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Abubakar Malami, Akin Adesola, Registrar, Federal Polytechnic Ayede, Oyo state, Rasheedat Oladepo, Bursar, Federal Polytechnic Ayede, Oyo state, and Bar. Mrs Grace Eze, Bursar, Federal Polytechnic Ohodo, Enugu State, have all been summoned to appear before the Nigeria Industrial Court of (SSANIP).

The association claims that the appointment of the above-mentioned registrars and bursars violated the Federal Polytechnics (Amendment) Act 2019.

SSANIP had petitioned the court for an interpretation of the law and a reversal of President Buhari’s appointments of the aforementioned individuals, which it saw as a violation of the Polytechnic Act’s provisions.

The Governing Council of any Federal Polytechnic shall appoint a Registrar and Bursar of any Federal Polytechnic, according to section 10(1) of the Federal Polytechnics (Amendment) Act 2019.

It therefore asked the court to declare any appointment made by Buhari or the Attorney General of the Federation into any Federal Polytechnics with the approval of the school’s governing council to be illegal and null and void.

“Let ‘the Defendants’ cause an appearance to be entered for them to this summons within fourteen (14) days after service of this summons on them, inclusive of the days of such service, on the application of the Claimant who claims to be entitled to the determination of the following questions and the relief hereafter appearing:

“Whether, in light of section 10 (1) of the Federal Polytechnics (Amendment) Act 2019, the appointment of the Registrar and Bursar into any Federal Polytechnic, including but not limited to the 3rd – 14th Defendants, should be made by the Federal Polytechnic’s Governing Council.

“Whether the appointment of the 3rd – 14th Defendants as Registrars and Bursars of Federal Polytechnics by the 1st Defendants, in light of the provisions of Section 10 (1) of the Federal Polytechnics (Amendment) Act 2019, renders the various appointments null and void,” the summons stated.

Furthermore, the claimant is “seeking the following reliefs jointly and severally against the Defendants: A DECLARATION that the appointment of a Registrar and Bursar of any Federal Polytechnic, including but not limited to the 3rd – 14’“ Defendants, should be made in accordance with section 10(1) of the Federal Polytechnics (Amendment) Act 2019, which states that the appointment of a Registrar and Bursar of any Federal Polytechnic shall be made by the Governing Council of the Fede.

“A DECLARATION that the appointment of a Registrar and Bursar of any Federal Polytechnic by the 1“ and 2′′“ Defendants rather than the respective Federal Polytechnic’s Governing Council is Indeed illegal, null, and void.”

Mrs Regina Eze, Bursar, Federal Polytechnic Ohodo, Enugu State, Mr Arikpo Otu Eno, Registrar, Federal Polytechnic Ugep, Cross River State, and Emmanuel Monday Uduehe are among those expected to appear in court.

Dr. Celina Shitnan Gana, Registrar, Federal Polytechnic Shendam, Plateau State, Dr. Naziru Suleman, Bursar, Federal Polytechnic Shendam, Plateau State, Adamu Alhaji Usman, Registrar, Federal Polytechnic Monguno, Borno State, Adamu Alhaji Usman, Registrar, Federal Polytechnic Monguno, Borno State, Adamu Alhaji Usman, Registrar, Federal Dr. Muhammed Nodal Ndaeji, Registrar, Federal Polytechnic Wannune, Benue State, and Nansok Shehu, Bursar, Federal Polytechnic Wannune, Benue State. Ali Buhari Wasaram, Bursar, Federal Polytechnic Monguno, Borno State.

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