Strike: ASUP blame FG of insincerity to end strike

The Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP) has articulate uncertainty about the sincerity of the federal government to put an end to the on-going strike embarked upon by the union about five months ago.

The National President of the onion Chief Chibu-zo Asomugha told newsmen yesterday that the federal government is not willing to shift ground and end the strike.

Asomugha said the union expected the government to resolve all issues last Wednesday when the executives of the union met with the supervising Minister of Education Nyesom Wike but it failed.

He said: “The minister called us for a meeting in Abuja and you know one month or so ago, government had given us proposal about how to offset the arrears it owed our members but our NEC rejected the proposal. So when the minister invited us we thought there was something new, but when we went there we discovered that it was the same promise and government was not willing to shift ground and make meaningful and verifiable commitments to address the matter.”

The meeting ended in a deadlock and the lecturers resolved to continue with the strike until government settled all their demands.

It would be recalls that a similar meeting between the minster for education and leaders of the ASUP held on January 22, 2014 but did not achieve any goal.

Special Assistant on Media to the Supervising Minister Mr. Simeon Nwakaudu to grapevine that the federal government remained committed to resolving the matter.

“The last Wednesday’s meeting was to reassure them that the commitment of government on the strike remains total; government is working hard to see that lecturers of polytechnics go back to their work,” he said.

“So far it is only one issue that remains unresolved that is the timing of the payment of CONTISS 15 arrears and once we have agreed on the timing, the strike will end,” he added.

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