Oko - The Academic Staff Union of Polytechnic (ASUP) on Saturday urged the
federal and state governments to meet the demand of polytechnics and
technical institutions to avert collapse of technical education.
This is contained in a 10-point communique issued after its
two-day National Executive Council (NEC) meeting at the Federal
Polytechnic, Oko, Anambra.
The communique was signed by Messers Chibuzor Asomugha and Clement
Chirman, who are the National President and Publicity Secretary of ASUP,
It said that ASUP would continue to engage the federal and state
governments until their demands were met, notwithstanding the
insensitivity on the part of the government.
The union demanded that polytechnic and technical education should be
``properly and adequately funded’’, adding that government at all
levels should stop paying lip-service to technical education.
"NEC expresses concern over the nonchalant attitude of federal and
state governments towards exercising the political will to meet the
demands of the union, which led to the ongoing nationwide strike.
"NEC resolves further that unless issues on the list of the union's demands are met, the ongoing strike will be sustained.
"NEC appreciates the understanding shown by students, parents and
guardians over the ongoing strike by the union and calls on other
stakeholders to show similar understanding and work with the union
towards strengthening polytechnic education.
"NEC condemns the burden of dichotomy against polytechnic graduates
at entry and in career progression in public service. The union further
calls for a level-playing ground for graduates from the various tertiary
The communique said other demands of the union included
the reconstitution of governing councils of federal polytechnics and the
migration of the lower cadres on the CONTISS 15 salary scale.
Others are the release of the White Paper on the Visitations to
Federal Polytechnics; the need for the beginning of the Needs Assessment
of Nigerian Polytechnics and the worrisome situation in state-owned