Report reaching liveschoolnews.org news desk has it that, Labour Minister, Supervising Minister of Education and Director, Tertiary Education Department wait endlessly while union leaders hold reception at Labour House
Minister of Labour, Emeka Wogu has regretted that absence of leaders of Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics, ASUP and the Colleges of Education Academic Staff Union, COEASU, in a meeting he called to finally sign a memorandum of understanding to end the lingering strike by both unions.
The Labour Minister had convened a meeting in his office on Tuesday which had the Supervising Minister of Education, Barr. Ezenwo Nyesom Wike, director, Tertiary Education Department of the Federal Ministry of Education, Mrs Hindatu Abdulahi and officials of the National Commission for Colleges of Education, NCCE and the National Board for Technical Education, NBTE in attendance.
The officials waited for hours on Tuesday evening after the unions protested, but none of the labour leaders showed up.
The leaders of ASUP and COEASU instead left the National Assembly to the Labour House where a reception was held for those who participated in the protest.
The Labour Leader expressed shock in an interview with a broadcast station that the labour leaders failed to show up, when he believed that the strike would have been concluded, since the leaders announced publicly that they have accepted two installmental payment.
Contacted, President of ASUP, Chibuzor Asomugha declared that the labour leaders believed that the public invitation of Labour Minister to meeting was a mere political statement.
Nigerian Polytechnic and Colleges of Education students are already tired of the lingering strike, with all the students asking the union leaders to return to class since they have accepted the two installmental payment offered by the Federal Government.
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