ASUP Strike Will Soon Be Resolved —ASUP President

Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics, ASUP President, Chibuzor Asomugha at the weekend told journalists that the strikes will soon be resolved.

The astute ASUP President made this buoyed declaration following the Presidential intervention in the on-going Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics, ASUP and Colleges of Education Academic Staff Union, COEASU, Impasse.

In an interview with journalists, ASUP President confirmed the Presidential meeting held with top Federal ministry of Education officials, National Board for Technical Education, NBTE and National Commission for Colleges of Education, NCCE, officials on the two prolonged strikes.

ASUP President, Mr. Chibuzor Asomugha said that the Supervising Minister of Education, Barrister Nyesom Wike had comprehensively briefed the President on the remaining area of dispute, which is the installmental payment of arrears of allowances.

Asomugha said in an interview that Jonathan last Monday met alongside Presidential officials, the Supervising Minister of Education and officials of National Board for Technical Education, NBTE, and National Commission for Colleges of Education, NCCE and Federal Ministry of Education to finally conclude plans on the payment of the said arrears.

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ASUP and COEASU have insisted that the Federal Government pay the entire N40billion at once.

It was gathered that at the last meeting the Supervising Minister of Education in a bid to convince the union showed the payment schedule for ASUU earned allowances which are being settled in installments.

It was also learnt that the Supervising Minister of Education and the union leaders met with Finance Ministry officials to find a middle ground on the mode of payment.

The Minister at the meeting held in Abuja during the weekend urged ASUP and COEASU leaders to consider the plight of Nigerian students and accept installmental payment like ASUU did.

The Minister invited former ASUP and COEASU leaders to the meeting to help plead with them to take the areas in two installments.

As at press time, the union leaders said they were going to reach out to their respective congresses before deciding on whether or not they would accept the government’s offer.

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However, NBTE and NCCE officials at the meeting described this position as unpatriotic, saying that ASUP and COEASU union leaders have used this tactic to prolong the strikes in the last two months.

It was learnt that the Supervising Minister of Education urged the meeting to give the unions one more week to consult, after which the Federal Government will take decisive action to save the Polytechnics and Colleges of Education.

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