Polytech­nic lec­tur­ers re­solve to con­tinue strike

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Nu­rudeen Oye­wole, La­gos

Strik­ing lec­tur­ers in federal poly­tech­nics yes­ter­day staged a protest rally in La­gos, say­ing they would not end their six mon­thold strike un­til the federal govern­ment meets their de­mands.

The rally which was led by the ASUP chair­man Aro­mo­laran Adeyemi started from the Yaba Col­lege of Tech­nol­ogy at about 9:00am af­ter a heavy rain­fall.

Ad­dress­ing jour­nal­ists, Adeyemi said the lec­tur­ers had re­solved not to re­sume aca­demic ac­tiv­i­ties un­til the govern­ment meets all agree­ments reached with the body which in­cludes es­tab­lish­ing a com­mis­sion for poly­tech­nics as the Na­tional Uni­ver­si­ties Com­mis­sion (NUC) in the case of uni­ver­si­ties.

Adeyemi said it is un­for­tu­nate that of all the 13 de­mands, only two;-the con­sti­tu­tion of gov­ern­ing coun­cils for poly­tech­nics and as­sess­ment of poly­tech­nics’ needs were ad­dressed by govern­ment.

But Su­per­vis­ing Min­is­ter for Ed­u­ca­tion Chief Nye­som Wike said in Bauchi Mon­day that the strike would have been over had the lec­tur­ers ac­cepted the federal govern­ment’s of­fer of pay­ment of N40 bil­lion emol­u­ment in two in­stal­ments.

“In 2009, the federal govern­ment reached a 13 point agree­ment with lec­tur­ers but govern­ment has failed to meet the de­mands. And ma­jor among these de­mands is the need to set up a com­mis­sion for the poly­tech­nics be­cause uni­ver­si­ties al­ready have a com­mis­sion, col­leges of ed­u­ca­tion have, no­madic ed­u­ca­tion also has, so we are de­mand­ing the es­tab­lish­ment of a com­mis­sion for Nige­rian poly­tech­nics as well,” Adeyemi said.

Ac­cord­ing to him, the federal govern­ment must also en­sure that the age-long dis­par­ity be­tween polytech­nic and univer­sity grad­u­ates is re­moved. He added that is­sues re­lat­ing to the re­view of the Polytech­nic Act, proper fund­ing of the poly­tech­nics and pay­ment of CONTISS 15 to lower cadre of­fi­cers in poly­tech­nics are also in­cluded.

“It is un­for­tu­nate that the pres­i­dent has been pay­ing lip ser­vice to polytech­nic ed­u­ca­tion, for­get­ting the fact that a good polytech­nic ed­u­ca­tion is the bedrock of the trans­for­ma­tion agenda govern­ment is cham­pi­oning. This is the rea­son we are shout­ing to the world that polytech­nic ed­u­ca­tion must be res­cued,” Adeyemi said.

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