President of the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP), Dr Chibuzo Asomugha, has accused the Federal Government of having ploy to kill polytechnic education in the country.
He made this accusation following the decline of candidates who chose polytechnics as first in the 2014 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination, (UTME)
The polytechnics have been on strike for about 10 months now and the lingering crisis had consumed one academic session.
Asomugha, has also warned that plans have been concluded by the striking polytechnic lecturers to embark on a massive protest in Abuja.
He decried the unfortunate way and manner the Federal Government is handing the 10-months-old strike of the union.
According to the ASUP boss, in spite of the meeting held on March 26 between the striking lecturers and the government team, which was led by the Minister of Labour, Emeka Wogu, the government had not got back to them.
ASUP had earlier expressed dissatisfaction with the manner the Supervising Minister of Education, Nyesom Wike, was handling the issue and wanted President Goodluck Jonathan to intervene.
The president said among the concession made at the last meeting was the two instalments payment of arrears by the Federal Government and the setting up of an inter-ministerial committee to review other issues.
The union agreed that the government delegation would brief President Goodluck Jonathan and come up with a “Memorandum of Understanding” that will be signed by both parties.
Liveschoolnews.com.ng team appeal to the Federal Government, as a matter of national importance, to put an end to the on-going ASUP and Colleges of Education Academic Staff Union (COEASU) strikes. We urge the government to act fast to save students from academic frustration because of the protracted actions.
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