Striking Poly lecturers plan protest for April 29.


Lecturers of Polytechnics and Colleges of Education in the country have fixed April 29 this year to embark on a nationwide protest if there demands were not met by the federal government.
National President of Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics, ASUP, Dr Chibuzo Asomugha while disclosing this to the press in Abuja lamented that their action became necessary due to the “insensitivity” of the federal government to their requests since the schools have been on strike for close to seven months.
Asomugha who lamented the length of time of the strike so far revealed that their members all over the country were under pressure from the students and their parents.
He added that ASUP executives will soon hold a final meeting with the Nigerian Labour Congress and other stakeholders on their proposed protest.
Supervising Minister of Education, Chief Nyesom Wike had held meetings with the ASUP leaders without much success.
Wike had also set up a committee under the headship of Minister of Labour, Mr Emeka Nwogu to look into the lecturers grievances but without success.
The Education Minster had also said several times that the leaders of ASUP needed to sacrifice on the matter as the federal government had already met two of their three demands.
Meanwhile, Wike has announced at an on going retreat for Heads of federal Polytechnics and Federal Colleges of Education in Kaduna, that the Federal government has set up a Committee headed by the secretary to the Government of the federation, Sen Anyim Pius Anyim to resolve the disparity between holders of HND and Degree holders.

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