The latest report reaching our news desk has it that the Supervising Minister of Education, Mr Nyesom Wike told newsmen that the Federal Government and the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics, (ASUP) have made progress towards resolving the over nine months old strike.
While addressing reporters in Abuja on Friday, 6th of June, Mr Wike asked polytechnic students to remain calm and optimistic, as talks is currently On between the Federal Government and Vice-Chancellors to end the strike.
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The minister of Education criticized some heads of public institutions over the internal appointments of vice-chancellors, rectors and provosts in tertiary institutions which might impede on the growth of the sector in future.
We are already aware that it has been nine ‘long’ months for polytechnic students and about a year for students in colleges of education who have waited patiently for schools to re-open, pending the resolution of outstanding issues with their academic union.
If you recalled, The Academic Staff of Polytechnics, ASUP had gone on a warning strike in April 2013 to demand a better salary scale from the Federal Government, among other pressing issues.
According to the report, the Federal Government are in meeting with the Members of ASUP to resolve this issue, and we are pretty sure the asup strike will be called off anytime soon.
We are told by reliable source that the Federal Government has taken steps to straighten out major grey areas and Nigerians would now be expecting to see a paradigm shift in the nation’s tertiary institutions to aid development.
We can’t wait for June 12!
We will keep you updated on the outcome of ASUP, President Meeting of 9th June, 2014. Also we will be the first to let you know if ASUP Strike has been called off – 12th of June, 2014.
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