Poly lecturers suspend planned strike action


…As Justice Ka’kaan takes over as Benue new CJ***

The Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP) has suspended it scheduled strike action over government’s neglect and indifference on issues concerning the polytechnic sector.

The union, in a statement  issued yesterday by ASUP National President, Comrade Usman Dutse  said the twenty-one day ultimatum it issued to the federal government which expired on the 23rd October, 2018 would no longer lead to industrial action due  to  the commitment shown by  the federal government at  various negotiation  meetings held with the union on improved welfare for  polytechnic teachers.

The union said it considered the government’s appeals and commitments to resolve the issues in dispute, therefore decided to allow government more time to concretise its promises on it demands.

It added that the NEC would meet by the end of November, 2013 to assess the progress made and take appropriate actions.

In the meantime, a new Chief Judge (CJ) for Benue, Justice Aondover Ka’Kaan, has been inaugurated.

Aged 60, the new CJ now takes over from Justice Adam Onum, who retired from the state service  on Oct. 6.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Ka’kaan, hails from Gwer East Local Government of Benue.

The Acting Governor of Benue, Mr Benson Abounu, while conducting the inauguration, on Monday in Makurdi, charged the judge to ensure quick dispensation of justice.

He reiterated the old adage that says,”justice delayed is justice denied”.

Abounu, therefore, urged him to ensure that the right thing is done in all circumstances, stressing that the judiciary is the last “hope of a common man”.

He also called on him to work hard to surpass the achievements of his predecessors so as to write his name in gold.

Abounu said that he was chosen because he was the most senior judge on the bench and his impeccable track record of achievements.

He expressed confidence in his ability to deliver quality service to the state as exemplified in the cases he had handled both within and outside the state.

Responding, Ka’kaan promised to abide by all the wordings of the oath he took, stressing that oaths are not mere rhetorics but a covenant with God and humanity.

”I will discharge my duties without fear, favour, affection or ill will. I will eschew corruption and not aid as well as abet it. I will abide by the oath strictly and not go against the constitution.

”This task is an onerous one so, I call for prayers from all of you to enable me succeed,” he said.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Ka’kaan attended Mbawuar Secondary School, Ihugh, between 1973 and 1977 where he obtained the West Africa School Certificate (WASC).

The new judge also obtained an Interim Joint Metrication Board (IJMB) certificate from the School of Basic Studies, Ugbokolo.

Ka’kaan studied Law at the University of Lagos between 1979 and 1982 where he bagged a Bachelor of Law degree and he was called to the Bar in 1983.

Additional report from The Citizen