Little to nothing has been said about the ongoing strike action by the Academic Staff Union Of Polytechnics, ASUP, which has lasted over 7 months, and rendering over 2 Million Nigerians out of school, and Mr. Obasi. D. C. Chinedu is of the Opinion that nothing can be achieved by a broken Union, unlike their University counterparts.
According to Obasi, the ongoing ASUP strike is less likely to be fruitful, as a result of the Union(ASUP), being divided in their fight for quality education for all polytechnic students unlike their University counterparts.
The ASUP Strike which affects about 2 million students in up to 75 tertiary institutions of higher learning in Nigeria was embarked upon by the union in April, suspended for some months, and re-embarked upon on October 4, 2013.
However, over the past 2 months, a number of Polytechnics have severed their association with the Union on its stand for quality education, and has commenced academic activities for students of these institutions.
Mr. Obasi highlighted that, Few of these institutions include the Moshood Abiola polytechnic(MAPOLY), The Federal polytechnic Ado-Ekiti, the Rufus Giwa polytechnic, Owo, RUGPOLY which commenced activities on Monday, 6th, January, 2014 among others.
This is the difference between the strike by polytechnic lecturers, and the ASUU strike by Nigerian Varsity Lecturers, during which all Varsity Unions remained resolute, despite the Federal Government’s Antics to break them down.
According to Mr. Obasi, The Varsity Union even went as far as protesting Federal roads in all states, and have to be clamped upon by the state security service at the behest of the Federal Government, but all unions remained resolute, till the target was achieved, a quality education for all Nigerian Students, a N1.3 Trillion injection into the Nigerian University system, a Non-Victimization Clause among others.
Indeed, United we stand, Divided we beg, were the words of the ASUU president Mr. Nasir Fagge as the lecturers fought for quality education, but we are not likely to see a repeat of this solidarity, bravery and patriotism by their polytechnic counterpart, who are already pulling down the Union, and killing the fight for a just cause.
We sincerely hope the federal Government and the Academic Staff Union Of Polytechnics, ASUP, come to a resolution for the good of over 2 million Nigerian Students.
Obasi. D. C. Chinedu
VNTI Global Resources Ltd
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