The National President, of Academic Staff Union Of Polytechnics,(ASUP), Chibuzo Asomugha, told grapevine that government’s insensitivity to the strike was rooted in the dichotomous mind-set with which government regards polytechnic education.

He added that since the strike was not the sole decision of the union’s leadership, it was forced to interpret government’s attitude as a deliberate ploy to undermine its leadership.

Asomugha noted among other things that the government completed the constitution of governing councils of federal polytechnics and inaugurated the NEEDS Assessment Committee for public polytechnics.

The ASUP President said the outstanding issues include the removal of the stigmatisation of HND graduates in the public service; the renegotiation of the 2009 ASUP/FG Agreement; the release of the White Paper of the visitation to federal polytechnics; the establishment of a National Polytechnics Commission; the speedy passage of the Federal Polytechnics Review Bill which has been stagnated at the National Assembly including the appointment of qualified persons as rectors of polytechnics.

He added, ‘’It is also demanded that government should address the dilapidation in state-owned polytechnics; the discriminatory inclusion of polytechnics in the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System scheme; a structured and comprehensive funding of public polytechnics; the lopsided distribution of Tetfund grants and other interventions in the tertiary sector and the full implementation of the salary structure approved for polytechnics in 2009.’’

He however, assured Students of the federal and State polytechnics that the strike would be called off very soon, as the negotiations were more progressive.

Both lecturers of public polytechnics and colleges of education have been on strike for 11 and six months respectively.

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