ASUP Strike: NEC meeting ongoing, may suspend strike

The polytechnic, Ibadan
The polytechnic, Ibadan

Some members are opposed to suspending the strike.

The Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics, ASUP, is currently holding its National Executive Council, NEC, meeting.

The meeting, being held in Abuja, is mainly to review the ongoing 10-month strike by the polytechnic lecturers.

The ASUP NEC meeting is holding two days after the leadership of the union held a ‘fruitful’ meeting with the new Education Minister, Ibrahim Shekarau, who was sworn in by President Goodluck Jonathan on Wednesday.

The ASUP NEC consists of all chapter (polytechnic) chairmen of the union and the national executive of the body.

A member of the NEC, who is attending the meeting, told PREMIUM TIMES on Saturday morning that the strike might be suspended after the meeting.

“The strike is likely to be suspended at the end of the NEC meeting today following the outcome of the last meeting we had with the new Minster of Education,” the source said.

PREMIUM TIMES, however, learnt that some members of the NEC have voiced reservations on trusting the new minister without a concretely signed agreement, particularly on the salary arrears being owed the teachers, and may raise such concern during the meeting.

Should such members win the majority of the NEC over, then the strike may continue, the source said.

The strike has been suspended. Read details here.

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