Hopes that the striking Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics, ASUP, would go back to classrooms after yesterday’s scheduled meeting of the lecturers with the Senate Committee of Education and other stakeholders have once again been dashed.

Liveschoolnews.com.ng scooped that the proposed meeting between members of the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics, ASUP and the Government Officials, which was scheduled for Tuesday 24 June has been postponed.

The Meeting which was called by the Senate committee of Education, as gathered by liveschoolnews.org grapevine did not hold.

The committee called the meeting following the failure of the Education minister and other relevant agencies of the government had failed to end the industrial crisis in the polytechnics.

In the polytechnics strike, which is now extending into one full year, none of the key issues has been significantly resolved. ASUP executive members said the meetings with the Ministry of Education and its leadership have yielded no fruit. The Senate intervention is seen as the next big hope for resolution to enable the students to resume their education.

• ASUP President Chibuzo Asomugha

•ASUP President Chibuzo Asomugha

This was disclosed to liveschoolnews.org grapevine by the National President of the striking lecturers’ union, Chibuzo Asomugha, who stated that the absence of key stakeholders stalled the meeting.

Liveschoolnews.com.ng grapevine gathered that Minsters of Labour and Education had been invited to the meeting alongside the Secretary to the Federal Government, Anyim Pius Anyim but none of the duo was present at the venue of the meeting in Abuja.

A disappointed Asomugha told our correspondent that, “there was no meeting because of the absence of several key members whom the committee expected to meet with.
“It’s a shame that we could not have them present here but there is little we can do about it.
“The meeting has been rescheduled for next week Tuesday, 1st July, Hopefully, other stakeholders earlier invited would be present then for the deliberations”.

Supervising Minister for Education, Nyesom Wike, when contacted, refused to speak with our correspondent on the issue as he claimed to be in a meeting.

“You can call me back, I am in a meeting presently,” he stated and hung the call.

The striking lecturers’ attention will now be shifted to their National Executive Council, NEC meeting slated for 25 and 26 June, 2014 at the Yaba College of Technology, YABATECH, Akoka, Lagos.

“Our NEC meeting holds irrespective of whether there was a strike action or not. So we shall meet at YABATECH tomorrow and Thursday to deliberate on pressing issues,” Asomugha enthused.

ASUP is demanding the implementation of CONTISS 15 Migration for the lower cadres in the polytechnics and the release of the White Paper on the visitations to federal polytechnics more than one year after the exercise, as well as the failure of the government to commence a Needs Assessment for polytechnics.

The union is also demanding an end to the HND/B.Sc dichotomy.

ASUP has been on strike since October 4, 2013

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