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Strike paralyses academic activities

25 April 2013, 10:08

Lagos - The seven-day warning strike embarked upon by the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP), which entered its third day on Wednesday, has continued to paralyse academic activities in the institutions.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that at the Lagos State Polytechnic (LASPOTECH), students at the Ikorodu and Isolo campuses have resorted to roaming.

Kehinde Olofintuyi, Speaker, LASPOTECH’s Students' Union Government, told NAN in Ikorodu that although the strike was effective, it was not in their best interest.

He appealed to the Federal government to look into the demand of the striking lecturers, while another student, Miss Jesica Chimezie, urged the need for the government and ASUP to reach an agreement.

However, Chibuzor Asomugba, the National President of ASUP, told NAN that the strike would continue until the Federal Government considered their demands.

 "We have not heard anything from the Federal Government; the strike still continues," he said.

Mr Dimeji Macaulay, Coordinator of the Education Rights Campaign (ERC) in Niger, has appealed to the federal and state governments to immediately meet all the demands of ASUP.

Macaulay made the appeal in a statement, a copy of which was made available to NAN in Lagos.

According to him, the series of strikes rocking the nation's education sector are signs of ``the resistance building up against government's neglect of public education and its poor education policies’’.

Macaulay claimed that at the university level, both academic and non-academic staff workers had numerous grievances that could lead to a series of strikes very soon.

"This is aside brewing anger of mass of students at fee hikes and poor condition of hostels and teaching facilities which unfortunately, cannot find organised expression only because of the lack of a fighting students’ leadership.

"Following closely on the heels of an ongoing strike action declared by the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Polytechnics (SSANIP) and ASUP means a total shutdown of all academic and administrative activities in the nation's Polytechnics and Monotechnics.

"To avoid a total strike, we call on the federal government to see to the demand of the lecturers," he said.



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