Poly, COE lec­tur­ers to protest in Abuja to­day

Daily Trust - - FRONT PAGE - By Fran­cis Okeke

Mem­bers of the Aca­demic Staff Union of Poly­tech­nics (ASUP) and the Col­leges of Ed­u­ca­tion Aca­demic Staff Union (COEASU) will to­day in Abuja protest govern­ment’s “non­cha­lance” to their de­mands to fix poly­tech­nics and col­leges of ed­u­ca­tion in the coun­try.

The polytech­nic lec­tur­ers have been on strike since Oc­to­ber 4, 2013 while the col­lege of ed­u­ca­tion lec­tur­ers em­barked on strike on De­cem­ber 18, 2013.

ASUP Pres­i­dent Chibu­zor Aso­mugha and the Chair­man of COEASU, Col­lege of Ed­u­ca­tion Zuba chap­ter, in a press con­fer­ence ac­cused the Su­per­vis­ing Min­is­ter of Ed­u­ca­tion Nye­som Wike of em­bark­ing on a pro­pa­ganda mis­sion to dis­credit their mem­bers in­stead of ad­dress­ing the is­sues.

Both unions are protest­ing the fail­ure of govern­ment to kick­start the re-ne­go­ti­a­tion of an agree­ment it signed with them in 2009 which fell due in July 2012.

ASUP is de­mand­ing the im­ple­men­ta­tion of CONTISS 15 mi­gra­tion for the lower cadres in the poly­tech­nics and the re­lease the White Paper on the vis­i­ta­tions to federal poly­tech­nics more than one year af­ter the ex­er­cise.

It is also de­mand­ing an end to the HND/BSc di­chotomy.

On its part, COEASU is protest­ing the “non-ac­cred­i­ta­tion of its pro­grammes…cor­rup­tion of the se­cu­rity ar­chi­tec­ture of the col­leges through out­sourc­ing to set­tle po­lit­i­cal al­lies at the detri­ment of staff and govern­ment’s huge in­vest­ment” and the “non-pay­ment of pen­sion/death ben­e­fits to fam­i­lies of de­ceased mem­bers.”

Aso­mugha raised doubts over federal govern­ment’s sin­cer­ity in ad­dress­ing the HND/ BSc di­chotomy say­ing that govern­ment did not in­vite the union into a com­mit­tee it re­cently set up, headed by the Sec­re­tary to the Govern­ment of the Fed­er­a­tion Anyim Pius Anyim.

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