The Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP) has declared that it is not about to renege on the nation-wide strike it embarked upon two months ago, adding that until the federal government meets its demands, its members will not go back to the classrooms.
The union also observed that it is the nonchalant attitude of government towards exercising the political will to meet it demands that prompted the strike in the first place.
ASUP position was contained in the resolution of the 74th National Executive Council (NEC) meeting of the union held at the Federal Polytechnic, Oko, Anambra State, and signed by its National Publicity Secretary, Mr. Clement Chirman.
The union also frowned at the leadership crisis rocking the Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) and called on the governors to conduct themselves in line with democratic principles in order to safeguard the political future of the nation.
Condemning the burden of dichotomy against polytechnic graduates at entry and in career progression in public service, ASUP called for a level-playing ground for graduates from the various tertiary sectors.
It also demanded that polytechnic education be properly and adequately funded by government, urging it to stop paying lip-service to the technical education sector in the country.
The resolution also rejected the discriminatory cut-off points for candidates seeking admission into Nigerian Universities, Polytechnics and Colleges of Education and called for harmonisation of the cut-off points into tertiary institutions in the country.
While frowning at the dictatorial attitude of some rectors, urging them to refrain, ASUP also condemned the growing level of corruption in the country’s public service and called on government to be more proactive in handling the challenges.
The union, however, commended the steps so far taken by government in curbing the security challenges in some states of the country and called for more efforts to be made to safeguard lives and properties of the citizenry.