The House of Representatives have finally acquiesced to resolved the lingering strike embarked upon by the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics, (ASUP) and the College Of Education Academic Staff Union, (COEASU)
This was made know to schoolwatch.com.ng grapevine by a member of the House of Reps who which to remain anonymous.
He stated that the House of Representatives are working assiduously behind the scene to put to an end the prolonged strike embarked upon by the two unions.
He implored the Nigerian polytechnics and college of education students to be patient.
Thousands of students of Polytechnics and Colleges of Education are worried over the lingering strike embarked on by the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics, ASUP, and the
Colleges of Education Academic Staff Union, COEASU many months ago.
Analysts disclosed that it is only the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics, ASUP, Poly students that have been at home for 206 days, while the Colleges of Education Academic Staff Union, COEASU, enters its 148th day.
Lately, President Goodluck Jonathan said in a media chat that, “the striking
lecturers are being handled
appropriately.”But we do not
understand what this means exactly. Or, exactly what is being done to bring an end to the strikes?
According to the Vice-President of COEASU, Mr.Smart Olugbeko: ”There
has not been any change since the protests two weeks ago,” he said in a
telephone interview. “I am on my way to Abuja right now for a meeting with
the Executive Secretary of the National Commission for Colleges of Education, NCCE.
It is at that meeting that we will schedule a meeting with
the supervising minister of education.
“It is ridiculous that that is the only response the President could give when asked about the strikes.
Regardless, the no work no pay policy is not a threat to us. We are ready to continue the struggle without pay,” the President, Olugbeko said the presidential chat on ‘No work, no pay’ policy towards the striking unions.
All the issues we are fighting for are very important, but we understand that they cannot be solved in one day.
If Government had committed to even
50 per cent of the demands, we would have called off the strike by now. But our leaders do not seem to care
because Colleges of Education are at the lowest rungs of the ladder and
their children do not go there. At least some of their relatives go to the universities, that is why they would make some effort if the universities were on strike. But for Colleges of
Education, the students there are children of the downtrodden. Many
leaders do not even see the need for or importance of Colleges of Education.”
For Polytechnics, however, there just might be light at the end of this very dark tunnel. “A delegation met with the House of Representatives recently, and we are hoping to hear
good news from them. A motion was raised at the floor of the House of
Representatives during our last protest, so we finally got to meet with the House for the first time on the strike issue,” the ASUP Zone D coordinator said.
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