Irked by federal government’s attitude towards negotiation for a settlement, the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP) has resolved to continue with the current strike action.
Speaking at a press conference in Yola, the National President of the ASUP, Chibuzo B. Asomugha who was represented by the National Publicity Secretary, Clement Chirman said the union had directed all chapters that did not join the strike to do so or face disciplinary action.
He decried the failure by government to respect agreements it reached with ASUP despite the role polytechnics have been playing in training of technical manpower for the country.
Chirman lamented that the indifference being exhibited by the FG does not speak well for the leaders.
“The attitudes of government is a clear indication of the estimation in which government holds polytechnic education, a perceptions that acerbated the discrimination and marginalization of the sector and its graduates by both the public and private sector of the economy,” he said.
He argued that solution to Nigeria’s quest for qualified technical manpower lies with the polytechnic education which served as bedrock for economic development in developed countries.
He added that government should support ASUP in ensuring the overhaul of polytechnics to meet current challenges.
“We make bold to say that the critical state of the polytechnic sector today has significantly been encouraged by government’s attitude and approach to issues concerning it,” he said.
He appealed to the public to support ASUP in providing enabling environment for polytechnics to thrive.
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