The Bauchi State House of Assembly on Thursday directed the state government to re-open the Abubakar Tatari Ali Polytechnic, Bauchi, closed down indefinitely on Saturday.
The house also appealed to the Joint Action Committee of Academic and Non Academic Staff Unions of tertiary institutions in the state to shelve their planned strike pending the outcome of investigations on the matter.
The resolution followed a motion tabled on the floor of the house by Baba Abubakar (CPC-Azare).
Abubakar, who spoke under ‘Matters of Public Importance’, said the action was inimical to the educational development of the state.
``The action will negatively affect students’ performances as they are preparing for examinations,” he said.
Also contributing to the debate, Abudulkadir Wabu, Sale Dumba and Iliyasu Gital, urged the house to take urgent measures to address the matter.
The house presided over by its Speaker, Yahaya Miya, referred the matter to the Committee on Education to investigate the circumstances leading to the closure of the polytechnic.
The committee was also mandated to invite the Commissioner for Higher Education, students, academic and non academic staff unions and other stakeholders for dialogue.
The state government closed down the polytechnic following violent protest by students against the relocation of the School of Management Studies to its permanent site.
The relocation was to pave way for the construction of a new Specialist Hospital in Bauchi metropolis. (NAN)