- Threaten to stop confab
From Muhammad Ibrahim, Kaduna
Students of Polytechnic yesterday staged a protest against the continue face-off between Federal Government and Association of Staff Union of Polytechnic (ASUP) as they threatened to stop the national conference within two weeks if the strike persist.
According to the students, the 11 months strike embarked upon by ASUP has made them idle at home as they vow to drive the 492 delegates and remain in the street of Abuja until their campuses are re-opened.
They said the strike has brought them nothing rather than hardship, saying the whole thing will jeopardize their future.
The protesting students stormed the Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ) state secretarial along Muhammadu Buhari Way raising placards with inscriptions such as “Government settle ASUP”.
“No resumption no national confab” “We must resume” “Spend money on education not on private jet” “Sack Wike “ “End BSC and HND discriminate now” among others.
Addressing newsmen, National Senate President of National Association of Polytechnic Students (NAPS), Comrade Salahuddeen A. Lukman begged President Jonathan to rescue Nigerian students from being recruited as Boko Haram members.
“The strike has crippled all academic activities all over our campuses which left our students idle and frustrated, as these may attribute us to be easily used by Boko Haram and any other anti peace mission which we considered to be counterproductive to nation building under the transformation agenda.
“Students of Polytechnics, Monotechnics, Colleges of Education and Colleges of Technology clearly understood that the 13 demands of ASUP is an agreement reached with the Union by government in year 2009,” he said.
They therefore urged the government and the union to reach an agreement with the union so as to end the strike.
It was gathered that the students were escorted by heavily armed Policemen in their vehicles as they kept a watchful eye on the students.