ASUP Strike: No Ongoing Discussions Wth FG

The National President of the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics, ASUP, Mr. Chibuzor Asomugha has revealed that, there were no ongoing talks between the union and the government to resolve the ongoing strike, which started on October 4, 2013.

He disclosed that the last meeting between the striking union and the Supervising Minister of Education, Chief Nyesom Wike, was held three months ago.

Speaking in a telephone interview with THISDAY, Asomugha said the union already agreed that four out of the 12 issues of contention should be resolved, while discussions would continue for the remaining eight.

“There are no ongoing talks.

He disclosed that the government appealed to be allowed to first resolve some issues in the short term for the strike to be called off, which made the union to agree that four issues be addressed first.

The two resolved issues are the constitution of Governing Boards for the polytechnics and the set up of a Needs Assessment Committee for the polytechnics.

He also noted that the other two issues for resolution in the short term include the release of the White Paper of the Visitation Panel to Polytechnics and the release of funds for payment arrears of migrated lower cadre staff to CONTISS 15.

“Government is giving the impression that the universities are more important by the attention given to the universities. The polytechnics started their strike before the universities.

It appears as if government policy makers are not interested in the population of poor people who choose to go to the polytechnics, it is unfortunate. Solving the problems in the university system alone will not solve the problems of the education sector,” Asomugha added.


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