The Nigeria Polytechnic Students are still at home and there is no hope yet if the strike embarked by the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP) will be called off…
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Striking lecturers under the aegis of Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP) have gotten assurance from Federal Government to pay N20.4 billion salary arrears owed the lecturers.
The information came to the fore on Tuesday, in Abuja when the Supervising Minister of Education, Nyesom Wike, held a joint meeting with executive members of ASUP and the National Association of Polytechnic Students (NAPS).
He however said as soon as modalities for the payment are agreed upon between both parties, the payment will be effected.
He said the CONTISS salary structure being agitated for by the union had been approved and also included in the 2014 budget.
He said the CONTISS issue had brought the resolution of three out of four of the demands being made by the lecturers.
Wike at the meeting noted that the only outstanding issue yet to be resolved was the release of the white papers of visitation panel to the polytechnics.
He however said delay in the release of the white papers was not peculiar to the polytechnics sector, adding that government was working on it.
It will be recalled that the union and government had met in 2013 at the commencement of the strike where ASUP tabled 13 demands to the Federal Government.
Both parties, however agreed on tackling four out of the 13 demands that could be resolved in the short term.
Some of the demands raised by the union include setting up a Needs Assessment Committee for the polytechnics, implementation of the CONTISS salary structure, constitution of governing councils for the schools and the release of the white paper.
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