Thursday, 27 June 2013

FG Undisturbed by ASUP Strike

The Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP) has been on indefinite strike for over two months because of government’s failure to implement agreements on issues affecting polytechnic education. In this interview Comrade Nda-Umar Usman, the Chapter Chairman, ASUP, Federal Polytechnic, Bida, explains why the union is not shifting grounds. Excerpts:

It’s been over two months since the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics embarked on an indefinite strike to press home some demands, can you run through these demands?

Saturday, 22 June 2013

FG Not Ready to Implement Agreement – ASUP


ABUJA- Leadership of the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics, ASUP, Wednesday accused the federal government of being unwilling to resolve the crisis that has crippled academic activities in polytechnics across the country.

National President of ASUP, Chibuzor Asomugha in a telephone interview with Vanguard said that since the federal government had remained adamant over the implementation of agreements entered with the union, the polytechnics would remain closed till when government would be ready to do the necessary thing.

Asomugha noted that the union had made spirited efforts to make government see the need to implement the agreements, stating that ASUP leadership had met with the Ministers of Education and Labour about three weeks ago to resolve the imbroglio but to no avail.

He said that out of about 15 demands of the union only one which was constitution of governing council was half met while about six governing councils were yet to be constituted, adding, “Government has not listened to us in any measure of engagement.”

The ASUP President said that going by the lip service the federal government was paying to the polytechnic education in the country, the strike would last as long as possible till the time the government would listen and implement the agreement entered into.

Thursday, 13 June 2013

NANS Senate President, 4 Others Die In Auto Crash

Senate President, National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS), Comrade Donald Onukaogu, and four others died in a car crash on their way to Uyo, Akwa Ibom State to intervene on the current university of uyo students uprising. It is learnt they died along Umuahia-Ikot Ekpene Road. They travelled yesternight in order to reach the Akwa Ibom State capital for their intervention this morning, but unfortunately met their untimely death. I am yet to place my fingers on other occupants of the vehicle who also lost their lives. May their souls rest in peace. #DevelopingStory

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Saturday, 8 June 2013

ASUP Strike Update

Information reaching us indicates that The federal government have slated a date to dialogue over the ongoing industrial action embarked upon by polytechnic lecturers. NIPOSAC gathered that the 24th of June has been fixed for the supposed meeting in Abuja. Also there are speculation that the seven weeks old strike might be suspended on that day if a compromise is reached. Meanwhile on Wednesday 5th of June, the south west wing of the Academic Staff Union Of Polytechnic met in Ibadan the capital of Oyo state to deliberate on the same strike issue. NIPOSAC also learnt from a reliable source that some faction of ASUP especially the 23 members of the National Executive Council who voted for the suspension of the strike at the last NEC meeting in May are wary of the harm the prolong strike would have on the academic calender of their respective institution. However all hands are on desk toward the forthcoming meeting in a fortnight which most stakeholders believe will break the cord of the strike action either by unanimously resolution or individually back-out.

Thursday, 6 June 2013

ASUP strike: We are making progress in discussion with FG– Asumogba

The Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP), on Wednesday said that it was making progress in discussions with the Federal Government  over  its ongoing indefinite strike.

Mr Chibuzor Asumogba, ASUP President, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in a telephone interview in Lagos that when to suspend the strike would, however, depend on the final outcome of the talks.

“Our members are holding forth; we are making progress with our discussion with the Federal Government and the talks still continue”.