ASUP Strike: Poly students threaten to disrupt national conference

Report reaching news desk has it that, Students of polytechnics and Colleges of Education have threatened to move to Abuja to disrupt the ongoing national conference if the current strike by the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP) is not called off.

Speaking during a protest in Kaduna yesterday, the Senate President of the National Association of Polytechnic Students (NAPS) Comrade Salahudeen Lukman said they would disturb the 492 delegates and remain on the streets of Abuja until their campuses are re-opened.

The students marched to the Kaduna State Secretariat of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) in company of armed policemen, carrying placards with several inscriptions including; ‘We are tired of strikes, Sack minister of education now, among others.

While they demanded immediate intervention by President Goodluck Jonathan, they noted that any further delay may cause more damage to their already destabilized, delayed and disrupted plans for life.

“We demand rescue, President Goodluck Jonathan should please save our souls and careers. The strike has crippled all academic activities all over our campuses which has left us idle, frustrated and unhappy”, they said.

According to the students, the problem bedevilling technological advancement in Nigeria is caused by poor funding and less attention to technical education.

The NAPS senate president therefore demanded immediate extraction of the National Polytechnic Commission (NPC) from National Board for Technical Education (NBTE) and called for the review of all discriminatory policies of the federal government and its agencies including disbursement of funds among tertiary institutions based on categories by TETFUND instead of capacity, exclusion of monotechnics as beneficiaries of TETFUND and the plan to stop the sponsorship of the students industrial work experience scheme (SIWES).

ASUP has been on strike since April 2013, while COEASU has been on strike since December. Both unions said they would not call off the strike until the federal government meets their demands.

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