Students Express Mixed Feelings On ASUP Strike
As the strike embarked upon by the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP) enters the second week, many stakeholders and the student community have continued to express concern over government’s seeming silence on the demands of the lecturers.
Efforts by the government to have ASUP call off the strike which began on Monday, November 13 is yet to yield any result.
The lectures are demanding the implementation of the 2016 agreement between them and the government.
The issues in contention include: non-implementation of the report of the NEEDS assessment survey of Polytechnics; sustained shortfalls in personnel releases and withdrawal of allowances since December 2015.
Others are non-payment of staff salaries in some state-owned institutions; non-release of CONTISS 15 migration arrears; infractions in the appointment process of Rectors; non-passage of the amendment bill of the Polytechnics Act and the continued victimisation of union officials.
The union also accused some state-owned polytechnics of non-payment of staff salaries which has continued in spite of repeated calls by the union for needed intervention.
The National President of ASUP, Usman Dutse had before the commencement of the strike said the union would sustain the action until the demands of the union are met or an implementable memorandum of action was agreed on.
Bounce News correspondent who visted the Yaba College of Technology on Tuesday observed that the strike was still in full force in the school.
Our correspondent, who was in the school to cover a press conference to be addressed by ASUP met empty classes.
The press conference, however, did not hold as the Chairman of the YABATECH chapter of ASUP, Adeyemi Aromolaran was summarily summoned to Abuja on Monday night for an emergency National Executive meeting of the union.
General secretary of ASUP, YABATECH Chapter, Jeremiah Awofetu told Bounce News that the strike is total and comprehensive in line with the national directive to chapters to embark on strike.
Speaking on the duration of the strike, Awofetu stated that the strike is indefinite but could end soon if the Ministry of Education acts fast.
Meanwhile, interviews with some students of the school showed mixed feelings about the strike
While many want the strike to continue because of backlogs of assignments and bills, others, especially the final year students, want the strike called off.
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