ASUP Strike: Lecturers want Nigerian government to resolve disparity between university, polytechnic graduates

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ASUP laments the discrimination between polytechnics and universities employees.

The Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics, ASUP, on Wednesday called on the Federal Government to urgently address its demands on the disparities between polytechnics and universities employees in the public sector.

The president of the union, Chibuzo Asomugha, made the called when he addressed journalists in Kaduna.

He said it was unfortunate that almost six months into its strike, the Federal Government was yet to invite the lecturers to the negotiation table.

“While the government is busy intervening in other sectors where workers have been on strike or threatening strike, it has remained nonchalant about responding to the cry of our union”, he said.

He said the Federal Government had reneged in the implementation of the promises it made which made the union to initially suspend its strike.

Mr. Asomugha said ASUP was only compelled to resume its strike when all entreaties to make the government honour its promises failed.

“The situation we have at hand has sadly encouraged brain-drain as most lecturers take the polytechnic sector as transit camp to their preferred university system,” he said.

The ASUP president said the union was poised to continue with the strike until its demands were met by the authorities.

The teachers demanded the constitution of Governing Councils of Federal Polytechnics, which has since been done.

They are also demanding the release of the White Paper on Visitations to Federal Polytechnics. The polytechnic teachers also want the commencement of the Needs Assessment of Nigerian Polytechnics.

The Supervising Minister for Education, Nyesom Wike, at a meeting with the Committee of Pro-Chancellors of Federal Polytechnics said the Federal Government had met over 80 per cent of ASUP demands.

He said the only thing left to do is the release of the white-paper on the implementation of their demands.

(NAN)

  • Abdulsalam Abdul

    Am not 2 sure whether d superving minister of education had a proper formal education system. Why do we have a deceived govt in Nigeria? Strike here ND there is on course at all tym. Political officials made hell of money but nobody question dia corrupt act over d years but those pple working for resourse suffer at d receiving end.

    • felix alikali

      Nigerian government are hocus-pocus dats all i could say…………………………………..

  • The Truth

    That’s how it’s going to continue, both parties exchanging words. We are tired of sitting at home. Yesterday, a student of The Polytechnic, Ibadan just committed suicide coz of this social vices, had it been school are ON, he wouldn’t have think stuff like that. Please help we are not happy staying redundant at home!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Sampson Osward Isiguzo

    The earlier the better for students