Report reaching schoolwatch.com.ng news desk has it that, Supervising Minister of Education, Nyesom Wike, on Friday disclosed to schoolwatch.com.ng grapevine that, Federal Government was devoted to paying the striking Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics, and Colleges of Education Academic Staff Union, their arrears.
He made this know to schoolwatch.com.ng grapevine at a meeting with the Provosts of Colleges of Education in Abuja.
Wike Challenge ASUP, COEASU to tell Nigerians and their members the truth rather than misleading the people.
In a statement signed by his Special Assistant (Media), Simeon Nwakaudu, Wike aforesaid that the Federal Government was extremely peeved with polytechnics and college of education for still shutting down after much effort to resolve the Strike.
The minister said that the Federal Government remained committed to paying COEASU and ASUP members in two installments to settle the over N40bn owed the workers in arrears.
The Minister maintained that the administration held the lecturers in high esteem, pointing out that it was unfair for the unions to carry out propaganda that they were being treated as second class staff.
He said, “There was no time that the Federal Government paid ASUU their entitlements in one fell swoop. We are paying them in installments. That is the same offer that we have made to the Ploytechnics and Colleges of Education staff. We have offered to pay them in two installments for them to return to the class.
We have concluded negotiation and we urge ASUP and COEASU to shift ground in the interest of the students and the nation.
“Negative propaganda against the government will not help resolve the problem. These problems were on ground for years and the Jonathan administration has agreed to resolve them. The resolution cannot be in one day.”
The Minister said that the funds to be injected in Polytechnics and Colleges of Education will be arrived at after the adoption of the Needs Assessment reports that were being concluded.
He appeal to the Provosts of the Federal Colleges of Education to serve as mediators to help in resolving the outstanding issues in the strike, since the Federal Government had tackled over 90percent of the issues raised.
Earlier, Chairman, Committee of Provosts, Dr. Ezeom Ignatius Nwanze, urged the Minister of Education to work towards the resolution of the strike action.
He said that the education sector had benefitted from several developmental projects initiated by the Jonathan administration, adding that returning the staff to the classrooms will help the country.
Wike also described the planned strike by the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP) to draw Federal Government’s attention to the lingering strike of polytechnic lecturers as a mere propaganda that is not in the interest of Polytechnic students.
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