Abuja - The National Executive Council of the Academic Staff Union
of Polytechnics (ASUP) has resolved to continue its nine months old
strike pending the outcome its meeting with the Senate Committee on
Education on July 1.
Chibuzor Asumogha, the President of the union, made the
statement in an interview at the
end of ASUPs 77th National Executive Council (NEC) meeting in Lagos.
He said that a meeting of the committee and some education
stakeholders scheduled for June 24 did not hold because no government
"That meeting was supposed to be held, resolution reached and agreement signed.
"It was against the backdrop that we fixed the NEC meeting
so that, if we have the resolutions, we will come here and suspend the
"Incidentally, none of the government official came for the meeting and because of that the meeting did not hold,’’ he said.
The official said that the committee deferred the meeting to July 1.
Asumogha said that union resolved to continue the strike until the parties would be able to arrive at a mutual understanding.
"This is the position of the NEC; we are meeting again next Tuesday," he said.
"We have been compromising since 2013. We have continued to
agree to suspend the strike but at each point government always bridged
the agreement," he said.
He appealed to the parents and students to continue to be patient and support the union to achieve it goals.
"The thing we are saying is that government should be
committed. When is it going to offset the arrears of the salary scale
CONTISS 15 it is owing since 2009?’’ he asked.
ASUP embarked on an indefinite strike in October, 2013 to
press home its demand for improvement in the condition of service and
infrastructure in goernment-owned polytechnics, monotechnics and
colleges of technology.
It also demands that the Federal Government should remove dichotomy between HND and degree holders.
Other demands include the release of the White Paper on the
NEEDS assessment of polytechnics and review of the Polytechnic Act by
the National Assembly, among others.
The government has met some of the demands, including
inauguration of governing councils and setting up of the NEEDS
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