ASUP Strike: We’ll Not Succumb To Blackmail. ASUP, COEASU Vowed To Continue Strike

Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics and the Colleges of Education Academic Staff Union on Sunday, 27th April, 2014 vowed to continue with their strike action.
The unions said they will not succumb to blackmail of the Minister of Education, Nyesom Wike who had continued to treat them as second class workers in the education sector.

Nigeria Labour Congress had on March 18 called on the Federal Government to respond to the demands of the lecturers.

The Polytechnic lecturers have been on strike since October 2013, while their counterparts in Colleges of Education started theirs since December 2013.

Addressing journalists in Abuja, the ASUP President, Mr. Chibuzor Asomugha and Abuja Chairman of COEASU, Dr. Ahmed Lawal said their proposed joint protest rally would still hold on Tuesday in collaboration with civil society organizations.

Asomugha who recalled that the struggle started on April 22, 2013 when ASUP went on seven day earning strike said the Federal Government had continued to neglect the demands of the union.

He maintained that the strike was not about money as government had made it look.

“If the Federal Government paid the whole money today the strike continues because it is not about money.
“The strike was suspended based on promise from the government. Unfortunately the government did not do anything about the issues it promised to tackle.

The union said government had only commissioned the governing councils of six out of the polytechnics that were omitted in the first schedule and raised the Needs Assessment Committee while it refused to pay the CONTISS 15 arrears and did not release the white paper on visitation panel to the polytechnics.

Liveschoolnews.com.ng team call on Nigerians to come out and pressurize federal and state governments, just like what they did during the ASUU strike to accede to the Union demands.

Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics, ASUP, have been on strike for about 10-months while the colleges of education lecturers, COEASU have been on strike for about 6-months.

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ASUP and COEASU Strikes: Education Ministers meets governing councils of Federal Polytechnics and Colleges of Education in Kaduna on thursday
Posted by: adminin EducationApril 23, 2014
Following the positive outcome of negotiation with leaders of Colleges of Education Academic Staff Union, COEASU, the Supervising Minister of Education, Nyesom Wike will meet with governing councils of Federal Polytechnics and Colleges of Education to fine tune details to re-open the schools affected by strike.
The Minister will meet the governing councils alongside the Executive Secretaries of National Board of Technical Education, NBTE, and National Commission for Colleges of Education, NCCE.
Already, COEASU has agreed to the two installmental payment offered by the Federal Government, which has led to the commencement of necessary payment procedures, Scan News has learnt.
It was gathered that the meeting will discuss the modalities for re-opening of the Federal Polytechnics for lectures.
The Rectors of the respective Polytechnics are to comply with the directives of the governing councils on the resumption of the schools.
Already, branches of ASUP, especially in the north are meeting to pull out of the on-going strike.
It was learnt that the decision is line with the resolution reached at the last ASUP National Executive council meeting in Yandev, Benue State.
Source:http://scannewsnigeria.com/education/asup-and-coeasu-strikes-education-ministers-meets-governing-councils-of-federal-polytechnics-and-colleges-of-education-in-kaduna-on-thursday/

ASUP Strike: FG Want To Kill Polytechnic Education, Says ASUP President.

President of the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP), Dr Chibuzo Asomugha, has accused the Federal Government of having ploy to kill polytechnic education in the country.

He made this accusation following the decline of candidates who chose polytechnics as first in the 2014 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination, (UTME)

The polytechnics have been on strike for about 10 months now and the lingering crisis had consumed one academic session.

Asomugha, has also warned that plans have been concluded by the striking polytechnic lecturers to embark on a massive protest in Abuja.

He decried the unfortunate way and manner the Federal Government is handing the 10-months-old strike of the union.

According to the ASUP boss, in spite of the meeting held on March 26 between the striking lecturers and the government team, which was led by the Minister of Labour, Emeka Wogu, the government had not got back to them.

ASUP had earlier expressed dissatisfaction with the manner the Supervising Minister of Education, Nyesom Wike, was handling the issue and wanted President Goodluck Jonathan to intervene.

The president said among the concession made at the last meeting was the two instalments payment of arrears by the Federal Government and the setting up of an inter-ministerial committee to review other issues.

The union agreed that the government delegation would brief President Goodluck Jonathan and come up with a “Memorandum of Understanding” that will be signed by both parties.

Liveschoolnews.com.ng team appeal to the Federal Government, as a matter of national importance, to put an end to the on-going ASUP and Colleges of Education Academic Staff Union (COEASU) strikes. We urge the government to act fast to save students from academic frustration because of the protracted actions.

ASUP STRIKE: Who Will Save Poly Students?

They lie to us that our shadows are real. They
condition us to drop our brawns and pick up
the books so that we can be useful to the
society. They tell us that we have the power to
save the future while they do everything to
murder our present. Is this the transformation
we dream of?
That we will struggle through spells of broken
education?
That our lecturers would go on strike for
eternity? That our maidens will become road-
side harlots passing the Nights with pot-
bellied fat cows in our cities? That our guys
evolve into roving urchins,fraudsters,club
riders and terrors of the Neighborhood?
Who will rescue poly students from men bereft
of hearts?
At every promising dawn of the day,we
helplessly garner our tears in baskets while
our leaders bask in the radiance of political
rallies. If they were men on the street,they
would understand the shadows of sorrow and
orgies of anger hanging behind our smiles and
relish to life. We are jaded,we are weeping,we
are angry.Who will rescue poly students from
men bereft of hearts?
Over 8 months,they left us to our own device.
When we summon guts to express our
discontents via protest,they call us
”miscreants”. When we harden and gather our
muscles to reach up to the sky through all
available means,they jail us and execute us
behind the prison forgetting that we are the
products of their decadence.Forgetting that
they fail to educate us and so,we find
education some where else. Who will rescue
poly students from men bereft of heart?
We shall not forget the shoeless story bearer
who took our dog-eared shoes off our feet. We
will continue to remember the meek and
humble Goodluck that perverted our shining
luck in rant and rage. Whenever we stand bare
to narrate the tales that chronicle our rise to
victory,we shall refer to Nyesom Wike, Okonjo
Iweala and others who left our destiny
crawling and our hope hanging on the
balance.
Posterity will remember all who intruded our
world and made us the scum of the earth,in
suspicion and derision. The thrust of karma
shall pay them all in their own perks.
who will rescue polytechnic students from men
bereft of hearts? Is it the society that left us in
our grief or the media that pretended to be
unaware of the state of polytechnics?
Shall we take destiny into our hands or call on
God to deliver us from the scourge of our
merciless leaders? The latter remains the
alternative that will serve our course! Lets call
on GOD.
Liveschoolnews.com.ng team appeal to the
Federal Government, as a matter of national
importance, to put an end to the on-going
Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics, (ASUP)
strikes. The government must act fast to save
students from academic frustration because of
the protracted actions.

ASUP And COEASU strikes. FG Should Address The Demands Of The Lecturers.

One of the issues dominating contemporary
discourse is the lingering strikes by the
Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP)
and Colleges of Education Academic Staff
Union (COEASU) respectively.
ASUP is kicking against the poor funding of
polytechnics, appointment of unqualified
persons as rectors, as well as the review of the
IPPIS scheme in polytechnics and the funding
of the CONTISS 15 Migration among others.
ASUP’s strike has now entered the 10th month
with the Union alleging media black-out for
the first four months of the strike in diametric
opposition to the coverage given to their
counterparts in the Universities.
COEASU is presently on a four-month old strike
action which began in December 2013 and
protests are escalating on the part of the
lecturers who accuse the Federal Government
of being apathetic to their demands. The
situation reached the peak when some
students of the Federal College of Education
(Technical), Akoka, Lagos, reportedly went to
one of the classes in the Science Department,
taking self-organised tutorials as a way of
keeping themselves busy while the full- scale
strike lingers. This is just a microcosm of the
current situation in the federal and state
colleges of education nationwide. COEASU
national president, Mr. Asagba Nkoro, had
insisted the strike action would continue until
the Federal Government reacts positively. He
decried the fact that the Federal Government
had failed to respond to the demands of the
Union despite the several meetings its
executives held with it.
One of the issues in contention between the
Federal Government and COEASU is the 2010
agreement which the former said the
government has refused to fully implement.
These include the non-integration and
payment of peculiar/ earned allowances, non-
implementation of life assurance to families of
deceased members, and the non-
implementation of the retirement age of 65 in
many states’ colleges of education. The other
issues include poor infrastructural development
in colleges of education nationwide, poor
funding, neglect of teachers’ education, non-
accreditation of National Certificate of
Education programmes, non-release of the
White Paper on the visitation panel reports,
and the imposition of the Integrated Personnel
and Payroll Information System (IPPIS).
Pundits have argued that government have
always treated ASUP’s demands with levity
and neglect and that when it involves their
university counterparts, governments and
stakeholders would show adequate concern
and make concerted efforts to end it; that this
has been the approach by successive
governments in the country over the years- a
development that has raised question if there
is need for polytechnic education in the
country.
Also not spared in the neglect, humiliation and
discrimination by both governments and
private sectors are graduates of polytechnics.
Obviously, polytechnic education is meant to
provide technical learning that could help
society in meeting its industrial aspirations.
That is why it lays strong emphasis on
practice-based learning. Industrial attachment,
which is part of the practical curriculum in
polytechnics, usually last for more than a year
for polytechnic students.
Candidates, who out of frustration or inability
to make university cut off marks, sought
admission into polytechnics usually stopped
after the Ordinary National Diploma (OND)
programme to seek for direct entry into
universities because of alleged discriminatory
practises by government and private employee
of labour. While university education is
theoretically- oriented, polytechnic education
is technologically-based.
Therefore, the discrimination between the two
institutions is unwarranted. Every sub-sectors
of the tertiary education sector, by virtue of the
Decress and Acts of Parliament establishing
them, has a noble role to play in the
development of the Nigerian economy. All
developed economies based their development
on technological advancement.
These technological advancements also
emanate from technical institutions of which
polytechnics are one.
We commend President Goodluck Jonathan’s
announced proposed personal intervention in
the ASUP and COEASU strike actions. The
government should address fully the demands
of the lecturers.
The 2009 –FG-ASUP Agreement should be
honoured. The bones of contention between
ASUP and the Federal Government are four
issues which are germane to the technological
development of the country. Among the
demands of ASUP are the non-release of the
White Paper on the visitation panels to all the
federal polytechnics, the non-release of funds
for the implementation of CONTISS 15
migration and its arrears, the continued
discrimination among the polytechnic
graduates in both the private and public
sectors of the economy and during job search,
the non-establishment of the National
Polytechnic Commission, slow review of the
Polytechnic Act by the National Assembly,
underfunding of polytechnics, as well as the
alleged lopsided disbursement of TETFUND
grants, scholarships and other financial
interventions in the education sector, which
has been to the disadvantage of the
polytechnics, the state of state-owned
polytechnics, coupled with the continued
appointment of unqualified persons as Rectors
of the polytechnics.
We call on the government and ASUP and
COEASU to quickly return to the negotiation
table and put an end to the lingering strike
actions.

ASUP Strike Action Would End Soon, Minister Of Education Assures –

The Supervising Minister of Education, Nyesom Wike on Monday, April 14, asserted that the strike action which was embarked upon by the Academic Staff Union Of Polytechnics, ASUP and Colleges of Education Academic Staff Union, COEASU would soon be resolved, because of the intervention of the President, Dr Goodluck Jonathan.

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Supervising Minister Of Education, Nyesom Wike

While answering questions from journalists, the Minister, Wike assured the Nigeria general public, that the Federal Government would soon resolve all lingering strikes in the education sector.

The Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics has been on strike since October 2013, indicating that in the last seven months, Polytechnics students have been lectured.

While the Colleges of Education Academic Staff Union has also been on industrial action since December 2013.

Wike said : “No government will be happy that students are roaming the street. We must promise what is practicable. Not just making promises without fulfilling them. Be rest assured that it will be resolved.”

For over 10 months, Nigerian polytechnic students have been at home. We call on the Federal government to accede to the request of the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnic, ASUP.