‘2 million poly students redundant’

About two million students of polytechnics and allied institutions are now redundant due to the current strike by the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP).

The strike which affects students in about 75 institutions of higher learning was embarked upon by the union on October 4, 2013.

ASUP president, Chibuzo Asomugha, who disclosed this while briefing newsmen yesterday in Kaduna, said government has remained adamant to the demands of the union.

“It is the position of our union therefore that the ongoing strike will be sustained until government addresses all the contending issues,” he said.

He said a total of 13 demands were presented to the government by the union in February, 2012, and that when government did not meet them, ASUP embarked on a strike action.

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“Following intervention by well meaning Nigerians and the joint education committee of the National Assembly as well as a pledge by the government to attend to four out of the 13 issues, the strike was suspended on July 17 2013. The four issues include the non-release of white paper on visitation to federal polytechnics, the refusal of government to fund the implementation of CONTISS 15 migration for the lower cadres and arrears from 2009 and needs assessment. But till date, nothing has been done about the demands,” he said.

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