Niger - The Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP) on Monday appealed to the Etsu Nupe, Yahaya Abubakar, to interfere in the lingering dispute between the union and the Federal Government.
The Chairman of Bida Polytechnic Chapter of the union, Comrade Mohammed Gbate, made the appeal when he led a delegation to visit the Emir in his palace in Bida.
Gbate said that the union was visiting the Emir to seek his intervention in the protracted dispute, which had paralysed academic activities in the nation’s polytechnics.
“It is in recognition of your central role as a respected elder statesman and a major stakeholder in our nation, that ASUP is passionately appealing for your intervention in the impasse.
“We want you to use your good office to ensure that this strike is resolved now to save the future of polytechnic education in the country.
“We are not so much concerned about the welfare of polytechnics staff, rather it is about addressing the inequality between the polytechnic sector and the university sector.
“It is about addressing the basic inputs needed to make polytechnic education work.
“This is a country that wants to advance technologically, yet, it is toying with the same sector that will be the brain and driver of that technological development,” he said.
The Etsu Nupe, who was represented by Abdullahi Adamu, pledged to take the matter up with the appropriate authorities, toward finding a lasting solution to the issues.
He urged the union to exercise restraint as it explored every legitimate avenue in ending its dispute with the government.
“You have shown maturity in your negotiations with the government; keep up with the patience and be dedicated,” he said.
ASUP began its strike in October 2013, to press the government to increase funding of polytechnics, among other demands.
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