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Published On: Mon, Jul 14th, 2014

ASUP suspends strike, to resume tomorrow

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ASUP ProtestBy Maryam Garba Hassan

The Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP) has suspended its over 10 months strike for three months.

ASUP National President, Mr. Chibuzor Asumogha said the suspension was just for three months for the sake of the system and the students and to allow the new minister of education, Malam Ibrahim Shekarau, time to study the demands of the union as he requested.

He said the strike was not suspended based on any offer from the federal government but on intervention from stakeholders and the new minister of education.

He said the union has suspended the strike for three months with effect from tomorrow July 15 adding that the union had directed all its chapters to hold congresses today to take decision and resume work on July 15.

According to Asumogha, the union does not want to welcome Shekarau with strike as he has given the union his assurance to intervene.

He said after the three months the union has given has elapsed, it will appraise the development for the way forward.

It would be recalled that the leadership of the union led by its national President Comrade Azomugha Chibuzor, paid Shekarau a courtesy visit in his office to welcome him and to intimate him with the issues at stake that resulted in the 11 months old strike by Polytechnics.

Some of the issues the leadership of the union raised was that of white paper on Polytechnics that has not be released since 2012 and needs assessment for Polytechnics which was also submitted and yet nothing happened among others.

 He said all the union asked for, is for government to make commitment on how the issues will be resolved.

The Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics had embarked on an indefinite strike in October 2013 over the deplorable state of government-owned polytechnics, monotechnics and colleges of technology.

The polytechnic lecturers also demanded the removal of dichotomy between HND and degree graduates and the release of the White Paper on the needs assessment of polytechnics

Other demands include review of the Polytechnic Act by the National Assembly, payment of CONTISS 15 arrears, improvement in condition of service and infrastructure in schools.

However, the federal government has met some of the demands, including the inauguration of governing councils, setting up of the needs assessment committees and payment of CONTISS 15 arrears in two installments.

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