#ASUPstrike Update: Minister and Lecturers trade words

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The seven months old strike by Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics, ASUP, took another dimension yesterday at a meeting to resolve issues at stake as the union and Supervising Minister of Education, Nyesom Wike, got entangled in a verbal war over invitation of students and the media for the talks. While the Union accused the minister of inviting students to the meeting to undermine it, the Supervising Minister of Education, Nyesom, said the students and media were invited to know how far government had gone in resolving the lingering crisis.

On his part, National President of National Association of Polytechnics Students, NAPS, Mr. Ogbonaya Sunday, who spoke on behalf of the student body, accused the lecturers of using them as a negotiating tool with the government. Consequently, the meeting hit a deadlock as both parties were unable to resolve issues that led to the strike.

The National President of the striking Union, Dr. Chibuzor Asomugha, expressed regrets at government’s invitation of students to a meeting where issues around the strike were to be resolved, adding that the union expected both parties to have passed the stage they were in with the government


But the minister in his response said: “There is nothing wrong in inviting the media and seeing the report in the media before the meeting. Inviting the media is not a new thing, we never listed there things that would be discussed.

“In most cases, on television I watch you say all sorts of things against the Federal Government and how federal government is insincere and how they do not want Nigerian polytechnics to grow. I think we should respect ourselves.”
He said the reason NAPS was part of the meeting was for them to know what the Federal Government was doing.



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  1. What a hilarious situation we are battling with in education sector, FG ain’t ready to invest on Education and student should not support them in any way, students should also join the train in protesting, enough is enough.

  2. Actually asup Union are only fighting for their own selfish interest, not for the good of the students. I think the most important reason for the strike should’ve been about HND-B.Sc dichotomy. Why did the Union ignore it? Because it doesn’t affect them. After all they (members of the Union) are all B.Sc holder. Guys it’s time we stand up and fight for our right.

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