ASUP to resume strike October 4

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The Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP),
on Saturday announced that it has resolved to
resume its suspended nationwide strike from next
week, following the failure of the federal
government to fulfill its agreement with the union.
The lecturers had, on July 17, suspended its weeks-
old strike after the intervention of federal
lawmakers in its negotiation with the federal
government.
In a communique released after the National
Executive Council (NEC) of the union met for her
75th Meeting at the Federal Polytechnic Bida, Niger
State, the National Publicity Secretary of the
union,Chirman Clement Selchum, said the lecturers
will resume the suspended strike on October 4.
“That in view of the continued insincerity of
Government to honour the agreement reached with
ASUP, NEC resolves that the union will resume the
suspended strike with effect from October 4, 2013,”
the communique read.
“NEC sincerely appreciates the good people of
Nigeria and all other stakeholders in the education
sector for their sustained support in its struggles to
save the polytechnic education from total collapse
in Nigeria.”
The lecturers also lamented the decaying standard
of polytechnic education and solicited the
assistance of the National Assembly, parents, and
other notable groups to assist in revamping
polytechnic education in Nigeria.
They passed a vote of no confidence on the National
Board for Technical Education (NBTE) and called for
the immediate establishment of a National
Polytechnics Commission (NPC) to proactively cater
for the needs of the sector.
Education in Nigeria has been hit with different
crises since July.
The Academic Staff Union of University (ASUU) has
since July 1 declared a strike action over the failure
of the federal government to honour an agreement
reached with the union in 2009.
The Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT) has also
declared it will go on a nationwide strike should the
government and ASUU fail to reach a compromise
by October 11.
ASUP S tatement: Communique of the 75th National
Executive Council (Nec) of the Academic Staff Union
of Polytechnics (Asup) held at Federal Polytechnic,
Bida Niger State, From 24–28th September, 2013
Preamble: The National Executive Council (NEC) of
the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP)
met for her 75th NEC Meeting at the Federal
Polytechnic Bida, Niger State, where the following
national issues were observed, discussed, and
resolutions on them were reached:
Observations:
1. The frustrating inertia of the Federal Government
to convincingly fulfil any of the promises and
agreements reached with the union before the
suspension of the strike on 17th July, 2013 on
CONTISS 15 Migration for Lower cadres, Needs
Assessment of Polytechnics, release of white paper
on visitation to Federal polytechnics, discrimination
between polytechnics and university graduates in
job placement and career progression and the
constitution of Governing Councils to Federal
polytechnics earlier omitted.
2. The anti-labour stance of the National Assembly
as exemplified by the recently proposed removal of
minimum wage from the exclusive legislative list of
the constitution to the concurrent list; as well as the
proposed legislation against declaration of Industrial
Strike by unions in the tertiary sector;
3. The growing tension in the nation’s polity as a
result of the volatile comments and activities of
politicians and interest groups;
4. Government’s abuse of the laws establishing
TETfund
5. The culpable lack of commitment of the National
Board for Technical Education (NBTE) to meeting the
needs and demands of polytechnic education in
Nigeria;
6. Appointment of rectors/provosts from within
polytechnic/monotechnics sector.
R esolutions
In the light of the above, NEC resolves:
1. That Government should without delay address
all the outstanding issues including the NEEDS
Assessments of the polytechnics and the
corresponding funding, constitution of the Governing
Councils of the remaining Federal polytechnics,
CONITSS 15 Migration of the Lower Cadres, the
removal of disparity between HND and Degree
certificates, establishment of the National
Polytechnics Commission (NPC), release of the
white paper of the visitation panels to polytechnics;
2. That the National Assembly should rescind from
its current anti-labour posture in the interest of
industrial peace and our desperate move to rescue
the endangered soul of the tertiary institutions in
the country;
3. That the National Assembly should expedite
action on the review of the Polytechnic Act;
4. That a vote of no confidence be passed in the
NBTE and further calls for the immediate
establishment of a National Polytechnics
Commission (NPC) to proactively cater for the needs
of the sector;
5. That the Nigerian political class and other interest
groups should exercise restraint on their utterances
and activities in the interest of peace, unity and
security of the nation;
6. That the Federal Government should desist from
abuse of TETfund laws;
7. That stakeholders in the education sector such as
parents, students, religious leaders, the press,
members of States and National assemblies need to
rise to their responsibilities of rescuing the
(polytechnic) education sector from imminent
collapse;
8. That the position of ASUP on the need to appoint
the rectors from within the polytechnic system
remains irreversible;
9. That in view of the continued insincerity of
Government to honour the agreement reached with
ASUP, NEC resolves that the union will resume the
suspended strike with effect from 4th October, 2013.
NEC sincerely appreciates the good people of
Nigeria and all other stakeholders in the education
sector for their sustained support in its struggles to
save the polytechnic education from total collapse
in Nigeria.
Signed
Chirman Clement Selchum

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