The Academic Staff Union of Universities has urged the Federal Government to resolve urgently the issues that have caused the ongoing strikes in the nation’s public polytechnics and colleges of education.
The ASUU President, Dr. Nasir Fagge, made the call on Monday in Abuja while briefing journalists on the state of the nation.
Members of the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics have been on strike since last October 4, while the Colleges of Education Academic Staff Union members commenced theirs last December 18.
ASUP members particularly demanded that the Federal Government should remove the dichotomy between HND and degree graduates.
Other demands include the release of the White Paper on the needs assessment of polytechnics, review of the Polytechnic Act by the National Assembly and improvement on condition of service and infrastructure in schools.
Fagge said it was imperative for government to resolve the issues in the interest of the Nigerian people and the development of sustainable education.
He condemned the method used by policemen to disperse a peaceful protests embarked upon by ASUP and COEASU members last week in Abuja.
He said the unions only marched to the National Assembly complex to deliver their letters of protest.
“The police used teargas and poured water to disrupt the peaceful protest.
“As you will recall, these unions have been on strike for the past 11 and five months respectively.
“The protest is to compel the government to address certain issues concerning their terms and conditions of employment, and their work environment generally.
“This is one of the ways that the unions will attract the attention of the public and press home their demands.’’
He added that ASUU therefore condemned the attack by the Nigerian police on the protesting members of ASUP and COEASU.
The ASUU president also urged the Federal Government to evolve a comprehensive strategy in curbing the insurgency in the country.