More facts have emerged on what prompted the decision of the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnic (ASUP) to suspend the strike earlier scheduled to start on Wednesday.
The decision not to go ahead with the proposed strike followed assurances and resolutions reached at the meeting involving the Honourable Minister of Education, Mallam Ibrahim Shekarau, House Committee on Education and the union, on Tuesday.
As part of the resolutions, the Ministry of Education withdrew the circular suspending the implementation of CONTISS 15 and also directed the councils and management of Federal Polytechnic, Oko and Federal Polytechnic, Ado-Ekiti to withdraw the circular proscribing union activities in the institutions with immediate effect.
Additionally, the management of the institutions were mandated to ensure that such circular is publicised on campus.
As contained in the statement made available to Nigerian Tribune by ASUP zonal coordinator, Zone C, Mr Babatunde Dosumu, the Minister of Education is expected to convene a tripartite meeting of councils, management and unions to resolve the impasse at Federal Polytechnics in Oko and Ado-Ekiti.
Among other resolutions, Shekarau also gave strong assurances to meeting the other demands of ASUP, which summed up to thirteen. Also, stakeholders at the meeting expressed assurances that the House would soon pass the Polytechnic Act.
ASUP Chapters nationwide, therefore, were also mandated to maintain status quo, pending decision of the National Executive Council (NEC) of the union scheduled to hold in March.
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