How Minister Of Education Influence ASUP To Suspend Strike

The Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP) decided to suspend its 11-Months old strike on Saturday, 12th July.

This is a cleared indication that the new minister of Education, Mallam Ibrahim Shekarau, in his first major assignment as a substantive minister scored high.

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Minister of Education, Ibrahim Shekarau

The over 10 months ASUP strike was suspended on Saturday.

The truce meeting, which led to the suspension of the strike, took place on Thursday, barely few hours after Shekarau assumed duty as Minister of Education. It will be recalled that public polytechnics in the country have been closed, cumulatively for a period of eleven months since April, 2013.

Aware of the ASUP strike, Shekarau immediately waded into the crisis by inviting the union’s executive members and those of the Colleges of Education Academic Staff Union (COEASU) to a meeting in his office.

At the meeting, ASUP’s President, Chibuzo Asomugha, who spoke on behalf of both unions, raised issues of polytechnics’ visitation white paper, which was yet to be released by the Federal Government.

He also said both unions were aggrieved by the non-constitution of governing councils of six federal polytechnics, including the report of the Needs Assessment of Nigerian polytechnics, which are yet to be implemented since 2012.

Asomugha equally bemoaned delay in amending the Polytechnic Act, adding that the last time such amendment took place was in 2004.

While advocating an end to dichotomy between degree programmes and Higher National Diploma (HND), he said setting up an independent commission, the National Polytechnic Commission, would greatly reduce unrest in the sector.

Shekarau, after carefully listening to the briefs, had pleaded with the union to end the strike while the contending issues are re-examined by his office. At the intervention meeting, Shekarau had reminded the striking lecturers of the implication of their action, which he said was not in the best interest of the nation.

Sources at the meeting disclosed that the minister had pleaded with the lecturers to give him the singular honour by returning to the classrooms, as that would be the basis for him to push for their demands to be met with minimal rejection.

He said: “I want to appeal to the unions to prevail on their lecturers to go back to classroom while we come together and re-examine these grievances that has been raised.”

Assuring the lecturers further, Shekarau said, “As a minister and with my pedigree as a teacher, I can assure you that government is committed to resolving these issues.

“Now that I have been briefed on some of the challenges, I will table the issues before the appropriate quarter, where more holistic view will be given to them”.

Asomugha had expressed optimism on the Presidential Committees on Needs Assessment of Polytechnics and College of Education reports submitted last week, that government will expedite action on it and come up with a white paper that will guide the application of the fund put at about N600 billion.

As far back as February 2012, the union had brought to the attention of government a list of 13 critical demands aimed at re positioning the polytechnic sector in line with global best practices.wpid-img_23097864726693.jpeg

These issues include; discrimination against Polytechnic graduates in the Public Service and in the labour market in Nigeria, non-release of the White Paper on the Visitations to Federal Polytechnics, refusal of government to fund the implementation of CONTISS 15 migration for the lower cadres and its arrears as from 2009 and the non-establishment of a National Polytechnics Commission (NPC).

Other are; snail pace of the review of the Polytechnic Act by the National Assembly, gross under funding of the Polytechnic sub-sector, lopsidedness in the disbursements of TETfund grants and other interventions clearly designed to the disadvantage of the polytechnic sector and non-commencement of the re-negotiation of the FGN/ASUP agreement as contained in the signed agreement among others.

All Polytechnics have been directed to resume work on Tuesday, 15th July, 2014


ASUP Strike Matter: Open Letter To The New Minister Of Education

This Letter was sent to via Submit Your News and Get It Publish by Toroko Amos.

The Honorable Minister,
Ministry of Education,
Federal Secretariat,


ASUP just suspended the over 9-months old eight months old strike it embarked upon, after an assurance by you for time to look into their grievances and seek solution to the issues raised.

Before going into the main issue, I want to congratulate you(Alhaji Ibrahim Shekarau on your appointment as new minister of education, giving you an opportunity to affect millions of lives today and generations to come.

Nigerians in their usual manner are singing your praise for a Job well done, some say you are the best man for the job,” you have the magic stick” ” you are man who understand his duty” unlike the minister of state Bar Nyesom Wike who could not end the strike for eight months, that he was dissipating his energy in Rivers state politics because of his Gubernatorial ambition.

Good as it may sound for your praise singers, the strike was not called off but suspended, non of the issues have been resolved, you only pleaded for time like every new appointee of government to look into the issues properly, and you have been given three months breathing space to resolve the issues on the table.

The people of Kano state too gave you a heroic and rousing welcome on friday, Sir this is the part to political failure if you are not careful, you will be carried away with their flattery, remember you have less than a year to prove them right or wrong that you are the right person for the Job.

ASUP have suspended this strike actions previously like they just did for you now, what happens after three months is what you should be thinking about, will other unions start their own?

Your Job is not an enviable one, like Mr president told you but you can rise to the occasion, great leaders are known by their ability to solve complex problems. Use this few months to prove to Nigerians that you have what it takes to Lead the country like you sounded during your 2011 presidential campaign.

You have been given an opportunity to write your Name in Gold, the time is short but you can maximize it or waste it like others, one of them is now leading campaign of ‪#‎bringbackourgirls‬ when she could not make school safe during her time as minister of education.

Starting well is good but how you end is most important, this same people singing your praise today will tomorrow throw curses at you for poor performance, my advice is remain focused on your Job as a minister sir.

I don’t intend to waste your time or bore you with plenty writing but remember BEFORE IT IS TOO LATE.

Yours Sincerely,
Toroko Amos

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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. 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.

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.

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.