The Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP) has vowed to continue its ongoing strike until its demands are met.
The union expressed regret at the way and manner government is handling the issues of technical education in Nigeria, warning that this may hamper progress and development in the country.
President of ASUP, Comrade Usman Dutse also told journalists that the meeting at the instance of the minister of Education, Adamu Adamu yesterday, over the ongoing strike could not hold because both the minister and the permanent secretary was indisposed.
He said though the union’s demands include “the review of the Polytechnic Act; needs assessment; the issue of CONTISS 15; the issue of academic allowance, unpaid salaries in some states; and our victimised officials, but the critical ones are the needs assessment and Polytechnic Act.”
“The meeting could not hold today because the key stakeholders were said to be indisposed, so they were absent and the meeting could not hold because we believe the meeting should not hold in their absence because this strike is critical to the sector and the issues are germane and is very central to the development of the sector. We believe it’s high time that government takes step to resolve these issues.
“Remember we met on the 17th of December where we agreed to meet on the 10th of January so that we will brief and be informed on the progress made towards addressing the lingering issues; the meeting could not hold today and that shows that nothing could be achieved and sincerely as major stakeholders with the sector and active members of the sector we are not happy with the development,” he said.
Comrade Dutse speaking further lamented that little or no attention is given to the Polytechnics, adding that more effort is needed to address challenges faced by the lecturers.
The ASUP president also called on well meaning Nigerians to prevail on government to address the challenges of technical education in Nigeria.
He expressed sadness that government turned deaf ear to the demands of the lecturers.