Malam Kabiru Yunusa, the Chairman of the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP), Waziri Umaru Federal Polytechnic, Birnin Kebbi, on Tuesday said, the polytechnic has no reason to continue with the strike because the major demands of ASUP, including the inauguration of councils for polytechnics and formation of needs assessment committees, have been met.
He also disclosed to schoolwatch.com.ng grapevine that, the Federal Government has directed the national chairman of ASUP to liaise with the Head of Service and the Minister of Education to consider how the disparity between university Degree and HND will be bridged.
The bones of contention between ASUP and the Federal Government are four issues which are germane to the technological development of the country.
Among the demands of ASUP are the non-release of the White Paper on the visitation panels to all the federal polytechnics, the non-release of funds for the implementation of CONTISS 15 migration and its arrears, the continued discrimination among the polytechnic graduates in both the private and public sectors of the economy and during job search, the non-establishment of the National Polytechnic Commission, slow review of the Polytechnic Act by the National Assembly, underfunding of polytechnics, as well as the alleged lopsided disbursement of TETFUND grants, scholarships and other financial interventions in the education sector, which has been to the disadvantage of the polytechnics, the state of state-owned polytechnics, coupled with the continued appointment of unqualified persons as Rectors of the polytechnics.
We call on the government and ASUP to quickly return to the negotiation table and put an end to the lingering strike actions.
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