The Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics is to resume its
suspended strike on Friday following the inability of the
Federal Government to resolve outstanding issues with
the union.
ASUP Chairman, Mr. Clement Chairman, told newsmen in Jos on
Sunday that “the frustrating inertia of the Federal Government to
convincingly fulfill any of the promises and agreements reached
with the union before the suspension of the earlier strike on July
172013 shows that government is not serious.”
Chirman said the National Executive Council after its 75th meeting
held at the Federal Polytechnic, Bida, Niger State, resolved that the
strike would “be total and indefinite” until the government showed
committed to honouring the agreement with the union.
He expressed dismay at government penchant for breaking
agreements, adding that “since the union suspended its earlier
strike in July, government has shown no commitment to fulfilling
any of the promises it made to the union.”
The union in its communiqué after the meeting in Bida decried
“the anti-labour stance of the National Assembly as exemplified by
the recently proposed removal of minimum wage from the
exclusive legislative list of the constitution to the concurrent list, as
well as the proposed legislation against declaration of industrial
strike by unions in the tertiary sector.”
ASUP also lamented government’s abuse of the laws establishing
TETfund. And the culpable lack of commitment of the National
Board for Technical Education to meeting the needs and demands
of polytechnic education in Nigeria.
“The CONTISS 15 Migration for Lower cadres, Needs Assessment
of Polytechnics, release of whitepaper of visitation to Federal
polytechnics, discrimination between polytechnics and university
graduates in job placement and career progression and the
constitution of Governing Councils to Federal polytechnics earlier
omitted, were among the issues we brought before the Federal
Government in the last negotiation, but government has failed to
address any of them since after we suspended strike in July”,
Chairman lamented.
The communique said:
1. That Government should without delay address all the
outstanding standing issues including the NEEDS Assessments of
the polytechnics and the corresponding funding, constitution of
the Governing Councils of the remaining Federal polytechnics,
CONITSS 15 Migration of the Lower Cadres, the removal of
disparity between HND and Degree certificates, establishment of
the National Polytechnics Commission (NPC), release of the
Whitepaper of the visitation panels to polytechnics;
2. That the National Assembly should rescind from its current anti-
labour posture in the interest of industrial peace and our desperate
move to rescue the endangered soul of the tertiary institutions in
the country;
3. That the National Assembly should expedite action on the
review of the Polytechnic Act;
4. That a vote of no confidence be passed the NBTE and further
calls for the immediate establishment of a National Polytechnics
Commission (NPC) to proactively cater for the needs of the sector;
5. That the Nigerian political class and other interest groups should
exercise restraint on their utterances and activities in the interest of
peace, unity and security of the nation;
6. That the Federal Government should desist from abuse of
TETfund laws;
7. That stakeholders in the education sector such as parents,
students, religious leaders, the press, members of States and
National assemblies to rise to their responsibilities of rescuing the
(polytechnic) education sector from imminent collapse;
8. That the position of ASUP on the need to appoint the rectors
from within the polytechnic system remains irreversible;
9. That in view of the continued insincerity of Government to
honour the agreement reached with ASUP, NEC resolves that the
union will resume the suspended strike with effect from 4th
October, 2013.
NEC sincerely appreciates the good people of Nigeria and all other
stakeholders in the education sector for their sustained support in
its struggles to save the polytechnic education from total collapse
in Nigeria.

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