ASUP Swear TO CONTINUE STRIKE AS THE MEETING WITH FG YESTERDAY DID NOT HOLD
Yesterday, 10th January 2019, the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP) and Federal Government (FG) were suppose to meet in efforts to end the lingering ASUP Strike, Unfortunately, the meeting between the two parties didn’t hold and the Union has vowed to continue strike.
The President of ASUP, Comrade Usman Dutse, expressed regret at the way and manner government is handling the issues of technical education in Nigeria, warning that this may hamper progress and development in the country.
Reacting to the absence of FG in their scheduled meeting, Usman said: “The meeting could not hold today because the key stakeholders were said to be indisposed, so they were absent and the meeting could not hold because we believe the meeting should not hold in their absence because this strike is critical to the sector and the issues are germane and is very central to the development of the sector. We believe it’s high time that government takes step to resolve these issues.
“Remember we met on the 17th of December where we agreed to meet on the 10th of January so that we will brief and be informed on the progress made towards addressing the lingering issues; the meeting could not hold today and that shows that nothing could be achieved and sincerely as major stakeholders with the sector and active members of the sector we are not happy with the development,” he said.
The President went further to reveal that though there are numerous things the ASUP are fighting for, but there are few if tackled urgently, will make them (Polytechnic Lecturers) resume lectures.
“Though the union’s demands include the review of the Polytechnic Act; needs assessment; the issue of CONTISS 15; the issue of academic allowance, unpaid salaries in some states; and our victimised officials, but the critical ones are the needs assessment and Polytechnic Act.”
This is not the first time the union is vowing to continue strike until until Federal Government meets their demand.