The House of Representatives has asked its Committee on Education to liaise between the Federal Government and the unions-Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP) and the Colleges of Education Academic Staff Union (CEASU)- in Polytechnics and Colleges of Education to resolve their ongoing strike.
The resolution followed a motion by Rep. Raphael Igbokwe (PDP-Imo) in Abuja on Wednesday which was unanimously adopted without debate. According to him, Polytechnics and Colleges of Education have been shut down for over 10 months and its continuity would resort to criminal acts.
The Deputy Chairman of the committee, Rep. Rose Oko (PDP-Cross River), told the house that the strike had not been given the attention it deserved by government, comparing it to their response on ASUU strike as well, as the committee had not had any dialogue with the unions and government since the strike began.
The News Agency of Nigeria recalls that the lecturers embarked on strike in Oct. 4, 2013 to demand for removal dichotomy on HND graduates.
ASUP also demanded release of white paper on the needs assessment of polytechnics, review of the Polytechnic Act and improved working conditions and infrastructure within the schools.
NAN recalled the Federal Government had fulfilled two of the demands which were the inauguration of governing councils and setting up of the needs assessment committee.