The Academic Staff Union of Polytechnic, has threatened to embark on a mass protest come next week, if their requests are not met.

The President of the Union, Chibuzor Asomugha, said that, the protest will take place in the Nigerian capital, Abuja.

He added that, the last meeting between the federal government and the striking lecturers was held on March 26 in Abuja, where the government team was led by the Labour Minister, Emeka Nwogu, while the president of the Nigeria Labour President, Abdulwaheed Omar, was also in attendance.

At the end of the meeting, they agreed on two-instalment payment of the agreed salaries and allowances; and the setting up of an inter-ministerial committee to review the other contentious issues.

‘The government delegation promised to brief President Goodluck Jonathan and come up with a “Memorandum of Understanding” that will be signed by both parties this week’-Chibuzor stressed.

Meanwhile Chibuzor also said, ‘the union was still seeking an amicable solution to the strike and had written to the Senate President, David Mark, and the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Aminu Tambuwal, to intervene in the strike.’ The Senate President had replied saying he would intervene after conclusion of work on the 2014 budget- He added

The police on Tuesday disrupted the peaceful protest by the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics and Colleges of Education Academic Staff Union.

The aggrieved lecturers were protesting the refusal of the government to meet their demands for better conditions of service and an enabling teaching environment.

After the initial confusion, the lecturers tried to regroup but were again dispersed by the anti-riot police.

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