Why poly lec­tur­ers are still on strike, by Wike

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Mis­bahu Bashir, Kaduna

The Min­is­ter of Ed­u­ca­tion, Nye­som Wike, yes­ter­day said the strike em­barked upon by Aca­demic Staff Union of Poly­tech­nics (ASUP) is still on be­cause many stake­hold­ers have to be in­volved in the process of re­solv­ing the is­sue.

He said the strik­ing lec­tur­ers may soon re­turn to class­room as govern­ment and other par­ties in­volved in the dis­pute have moved a “big step” to meet their de­mands.

“For ex­am­ple, on the is­sue of De­gree/HND di­chotomy, govern­ment set up a com­mit­tee which con­sulted other es­tab­lish­ments and I be­lieve this mat­ter will be put to rest,” he said.

Wike, who spoke dur­ing a two­day re­treat or­ga­nized for gov­ern­ing coun­cils of poly­tech­nics and col­leges of ed­u­ca­tion in Kaduna, said the union’s de­mands “are not is­sues that could be han­dled by the federal govern­ment alone”.

He ap­pealed to the lec­tur­ers to as­sist the govern­ment in its ef­forts at re­solv­ing the lin­ger­ing dis­pute.

He asked par­tic­i­pants at the re­treat to avoid in­ter­ven­ing in mat­ters not in­cluded in their sched­ules.

Ear­lier, chair­man, Gov­ern­ing Board of the Na­tional Board for Tech­ni­cal Ed­u­ca­tion (NBTE) Pro­fes­sor Lazarus Ed­ward Ek­wueme, urged rec­tors to de­vice ef­fec­tive rec­on­cil­ia­tory mea­sures with the union.

Also speak­ing, chair­man, Gov­ern­ing Board, Na­tional Com­mis­sion for Col­leges of Ed­u­ca­tion (NCCE) Chief Chuck­wue­meka Ezeife, who was rep­re­sented by Princess Ngozi Edozie, said the stan­dard of ed­u­ca­tion does not cor­re­spond with the ex­pec­ta­tions of Nige­ri­ans and urged teach­ers to work harder.

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