The management of Abubakar Tatari Ali Polytechnic (ATAP), Bauchi State, has issued a circular mandating all students to pay a compulsory level of N1,000, following a violent protest that trailed an industrial action by the Joint Action Committee (JAC) in the school.
The fee, WikkiTimes learnt, would be collected from the students as the school resumes on August 8, 2022.
Five tertiary institutions in Bauchi operating under the aegis of JAC embarked on a two-week warning strike to drive home their demand. This came at the time students of ATAP were writing their examinations. However, students responded to the strike by staging a protest which would later snowball into public disturbances.
Tellingly, the students vandalised valuables inside the school. The strike was called off last Monday and the striking union ordered its members to resume work immediately.
In an August 5 press statement signed by the school’s Deputy Registrar, Maimako Baraya, the management said the reopening of the institution is to slow students to continue with their 2020/21 academic session.
As contained in the statement, students are to pay N1,000 levy (compulsory). In addition, students with outstanding school fees must pay off before they would be allowed to continue with their academic activities.
Lastly, all students must “sign an undertaking form to be of good moral behavior” on or before August 12, 2022.