The Academic Staff Union of Polytechnic, (ASUP) Chairman at the Federal Polytechnic, Ede, Mr. Adeyemi Komolafe, told one of our correspondents in an interview that the Federal Government did not seem to be interested in the calling off of the strike.
Komolafe said that the government had met four demands partially out of the 15 tabled before it.
He said, “The government is not ready to ensure that we suspend the strike. The strike does not bother the government from the look of things. The Minister of Education (Mr. Nyesom Wike) is not helping matters. Last week, when our members protested right in front of his office, despite that he was in the office, he refused to attend to them.
“The permanent secretary of the ministry also did not come out whereas the minister of labour addressed the union members and empathised with them.
“There is no issue of increment in all our demands. We are only concerned about the payment of the arrears owed us.
“Monarchs should speak out on this strike, non-governmental organisations should advise the government to accede to our demands. We are asking for removal of disparity between HND and degree holders, we are asking that the government should set up a Polytechnics Commission, we are demanding the composition of governing councils and adequate funding of polytechnics, I believe that all these do not require money.”
The Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics, ASUP, and Colleges of Education and Academic Staff Union, COEASU, have been on eight-month and six-month strike respectively.
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