The Supervising Minister of Education, Barr. Ezenwo Nyesom Wike has on several occasions led negotiations with the ASUP and COEASU leaderships to resolve the ongoing strike. It is hoped that in the coming days, COEASU and ASUP will respond positively to the latest efforts of the Federal Government.
These negotiations led to the Federal Government meeting about 90 percent of the demands of the unions.
Only one principal demand is yet to be finalised, but the Federal Government through the Minister has placed before the two unions the payment of arrears of CONTISS 15 put at over N40billion for the two unions. The Federal Government has proposed two installmental payments, which the unions rejected.
Last week, further negotiations were held and there hope that in the coming days the outstanding issues will be resolved.
However, the most important effort of the Federal Government through the Federal Ministry of Education has been the setting up of the Needs Assessment Committees for Polytechnics and Colleges of Education. The two committees are in the process of concluding their reports have done field assessments. ASUP and COEASU officials participated in the two committees.
These reports will lead to the required fundamental improvements in targeted areas that will be exposed by the reports about to be concluded. Based on the reports, the Federal Government will directly intervene, the way it did to the universities.
It goes without saying that this era is the best for the Polytechnics and Colleges of Education in decades. Recall that that several direct improvements have been made via investments in infrastructure,classrooms, libraries and laboratories in Polytechnics in the last three years.
The Supervising Minister of Education held public town hall meetings in four zones, where Federal Polytechnics and Colleges of Education, reeled out to the delight of Nigerians, the tremendous improvements facilitated by President Jonathan in the last three years.
The Federal Government has worked round the clock to resolve all issues presented by ASUP and COEASU and it is the hope of Nigerians that the associations will reciprocate by calling off their strikes in the coming days.
Aside the Federal Ministry of Education, the Ministry of Labour has also worked hard alongside the Supervising Minister of Education to hold different levels of further negotiations to resolve the strike.
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