Nigerian Polytechnic lecturers vow to continue indefinite strike

Polytechnic

The National President of ASUP stated the union’s position.

Lecturers in Nigerian Polytechnics insist they will proceed with their indefinite strike until the federal and state governments meet their demands.

The National President of the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics, Chibuzor Asomugha, reiterated the union’s stand on the issue on Thursday, while briefing newsmen on the strike in Abuja.

He said the action had become inevitable because only one of its demands had been partially met.

The union, which issued a 21-day ultimatum on March 25, is asking the government to look into many of its demands.

The ultimatum expired on April 22, with the subsequent declaration of a one-week warning strike and an indefinite strike on April 29.

Among other things, the union is calling for the release of white paper on the visitation panel to federal polytechnics.

Mr. Asomugha said the polytechnic sector in the country’s educational system had groaned under a myriad of problems for long, adding that this had hampered the creation of “a viable platform for the sector to grow’’.

“We are faced with feeble and moribund infrastructure on our campuses, with no serious challenge to motivate research and learning. Government’s budgetary provisions for the polytechnic sector in Nigeria reflect a deep neglect of the sector.

“The indicators of this abysmal neglect are as strong as reflected in the 2012 budget. As I address you today, only one of our demands, that is, the constitution of Governing Councils has been partially met.

“There is no genuine effort towards addressing the rest, beyond bureaucratic rhetorics,’’ he said.

The lecturer said it had become very difficult for the union to appreciate government’s sincere commitment in handling the problems in spite of repeated notices and appeals.

He said government could have tackled the issues involved before “we embarked on indefinite strike’’.

“Within the period of the one-week warning strike and the period we declared the indefinite strike, government could have done something to save the situation,’’ he said.

The ASUP national president said the union’s National Executive Council (NEC) met on Thursday morning and resolved that the strike would go on.

“As a major stakeholder in the polytechnic sector, ASUP shall continue to play its role as vanguards for the survival of polytechnic education in the country.

“But in view of government’s failure to address all the issues listed in the union’s demands, the ongoing indefinite strike shall be sustained until they are addressed. All polytechnics shall remain closed, and no form of services shall be rendered by our members throughout the period of the strike,’’ he said.

The union declared the indefinite strike on Sunday, April 28 at the end of its seven-day warning strike.

(NAN)

  • Oboh Andrew Solicitor

    Disparity of polytechnics result should be consider amongs all others request….. Comr. Solicitor. Fedpolyoko…..

    • Naes Aspoly

      the descripacy going on with universities and polytechnic is getting out of hand. HND is now see as irrelevance.my LGA chairman pay bursary.he first paid to university students before paying sum polytechnics which my school abia state polytechnic have not be paid,till now.

    • garba sanusiya

      The lecturers and students of poly technics should fight to end or els the polytechnic graduate is finished .this issue has been lingering for years. because we have selfish leaders. they all reguard that polytechnic graduates as nothing. if not what stop the govt. from doing something for years. Poor mens chidren go to polyetchnics. the govt should scrap the polytechnics certificates and let all our children to the universities to read degrees. or let all the polytechnics be set ablaze by the students so that the govt will some thing about it. A polytechnic graduate today will have to undergo a post garaduate diploma if he is to be equated with a degree holder that is in some orgaisations why cant the govt.s insist one extra year in the polytechnic before nysc if that equats them by career progression. leaders should know that day will leave the service and will be accounted to god in whate ever you do while alive

  • Oboh Andrew Solicitor

    The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) yesterday supported the ongoing strike by the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP), urging federal government to fulfill its commitment made to the association.
    The students who protested in front of the Head of Service of the Federation (HOSF) yesterday in Abuja demanded full implementation of the consolidated tertiary institution salary structure (CONTISS 15) migration across board, review of polytechnic act to remove disparity between the Higher National Diploma certificate and the University certificate and establishment of National Polytechnic Commission.
    President of the association, Comrade Yinka Gbadebo said the demands had been discussed with the appropriate authorities and they have promised to look into the issues and proffer solutions.
    On his part, Permanent Secretary on Career Services in the Head of Service, Dr. Ezekiel Oyemomi assured the students that their demands will be forwarded to the appropriate authorities and the white paper concerning their demands would be revisited. Share this on polythecnic student. comrade Andrew Solicitor .Fed Poly Oko,protest participant.