Meeting between the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP) members and the federal government could not hold as scheduled on Wednesday.
The striking lecturers showed their anger as they lamented over the “I don’t care attitude” of the government towards technical education in Nigeria.
The president of ASUP, Comrade Usman Dutse told journalists outside the venue of the scheduled meeting said the meeting didn’t hold as both the minister and the permanent secretary did not show up.
Dutse also urged stakeholders to join hands to propel the government to tackle problems in the education.
“the review of the Polytechnic Act; needs assessment; the issue of CONTISS 15; the issue of academic allowance, unpaid salaries in some states; and our victimised officials, but the critical ones are the needs assessment and Polytechnic Act.”
He stated “The meeting could not hold today because the key stakeholders were said to be indisposed, so they were absent and the meeting could not hold because we believe the meeting should not hold in their absence because this strike is critical to the sector and the issues are germane and is very central to the development of the sector. We believe it’s high time that government takes step to resolve these issues.
“Remember we met on the 17th of December where we agreed to meet on the 10th of January so that we will brief and be informed on the progress made towards addressing the lingering issues; the meeting could not hold today and that shows that nothing could be achieved and sincerely as major stakeholders with the sector and active members of the sector we are not happy with the development.”
OkayNG News recalls that ASUP begin their strike on December 12, 2018, to ensure to government responds to its demands.
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