The President of the republic of Nigeria, President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan on Sunday, 4th May, 2014 during the Presidential Media Chat, assured the Nigeria Polytechnic Students and Lecturers that the issues that led to the industrial action embarked upon by the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnic, (ASUP) were being “handled.”
President Jonathan stated this while fielding questions from a four-member panel of interviewers during the Presidential Chat.
The President, however reiterated that the “no work no pay” policy adopted by his administration against the striking polytechnic lecturers remain unchanged.
He stated that the laws of the country required that workers should not receive wages for the period they were on strike.
The president explained that he was not the one that put the law (no-work-no-pay) in place, stating that it had been in existence before he assumed office.
The federal government is currently implementing the “no work no pay” policy against striking lecturers of the polytechnics and Colleges of Education in the country. This is to state that, the striking lecturers will not be paid for the period they are at home.
The polytechnic teachers under the aegis of Academic Staff Union of Polytechnic, ASUP, have been on strike in the last 10+ months to press the Federal Government to reverse the dwindling fortunes of the polytechnic education in the country.
The union had however said it was not bothered about the implementation of the policy.
“It is not about money as some have viewed it,” the Unionist said, insisting that it would not back down on its 13-point demands from the federal government.
But President Goodluck Jonathan said the polytechnic lecturers should not expect to be paid during the period they are on strike.
“You go on strike and you still want to be paid,” the president said, “It is not Jonathan that made that law.”
We hope the ASUP strike will be called off soon.
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