There was a mild drama yesterday at a meeting convened by the federal government to bring to an end the lingering strike by the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP) when Polytechnic students accused their lecturers of selfishness.
President of the National Association of Polytechnics Students (NAPS) Ogbonnaya Sunday said the lecturers had refused to include the students’ concern; the HND-Bsc dichotomy in negotiating with the federal government.
“Honestly, we are disappointed in you because most of the demands you have presented to the government are not in favor of the students. You have omitted the HND/BSc dichotomy from the list. Please stop using our names for your selfish gains,” Sunday said.
Sunday warned that the students will take to the streets if the industrial dispute is not resolved in two weeks.
National President of the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP) Chibuzo Asomugha queried if the union was invited for a meeting with the ministry of education or to be embarrassed by their students.
He said the Polytechnics lecturers had included the issue of discrimination against polytechnic graduates in their 13-point demand, but it was omitted when the government team chose four issues out of the 13 demands.
Supervising minister of education, Nyesom Wike, said the ASUP president is selective in his criticism of the NAPS president as he didn’t address the students’ concern.
Wike said the selection of the four out of the 13 demands of ASUP was jointly done by the federal government and ASUP.
“We are not military government. In one of our meetings, you assured government that you will call off the strike if government agrees to constitute governing council and after constituting the council, you said until it is inaugurated; we have inaugurated the council but you still refuse to call off the strike,” Wike said.
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