Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP) Suspends Strike

The polytechnics in the country have been under lock and key for more than 3 months now due to the nationwide strike action of the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP).  The nationwide strike action which started on April 29, 2013 to pressure the government into addressing issues like governing councils for federal Polytechnics, release of the White Paper on the Visitations to Federal Polytechnics, The worrisome state of State owned Polytechnics in the country, The continued appointment of unqualified persons as Rectors and Provosts of Polytechnics, Monotechnics and Colleges of Technologies by some by state governments, The refusal of most State governments to implement the approved salary packages (CONPCASS) for their Polytechnics, and the 65 year retirement age amongst other things. The good news is that the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP) has suspended the nationwide strike.

According to the press release issued by ASUP, the body decided to suspend the strike due to the encouraging level of negotiation with the federal government and the intervention of the Joint National Assembly committee on education. The suspension will also allow the Joint-committee to work with relevant government ministries, agencies and parastatals in tackling all the issues that brought about the strike. The union gave a time-frame of one month  for the issues to be resolved as against the two weeks earlier requested by the committee.

The National Publicity Secretary of the Union, comrade Clement Chirman stated in the press release issued in Abuja today,  that the strike was suspended after an Emergency National Executive Council (NEC) meeting of the union which was held in Abuja today: "The union, after a holistic appraisal of the progress made so far resolved that the strike be suspended. It noted that the circular for implementation of CONTISS 15 migration for lower cadres has been released while appreciable work has been done on reconstitution of governing councils of Federal polytechnics which were earlier omitted. On enrollment of polytechnics into the IPPIS module, the union remains resolute on its earlier position that reasonable caution be employed to take care of the autonomy of polytechnics".

This is a really a good news for the polytechnics and i hope the government will respect the agreement reached this time to avoid keeping polytechnic students away from the school any longer.