The National Association of Polytechnic Students has given the Federal Government 14 days to resolve the crisis of indefinite strike embarked on by the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics which enters the sixth day, or faced with mass protest by students at the Aso Rock Villa, Abuja.
The students’ body warned that the protest at the Aso Rock Villa would be held during the weekly Federal Executive Council meeting should the government failed to attend to the ASUP strike before the day.
This decision was made known in a press statement obtained on Friday, signed by the body’s President, Salaudeen Lukman, and the Public Relations Officer, Olugbode Hammed.
ASUP had announced the commencement of an indefinite strike on Monday after a National Executive Council meeting held last Saturday at the Kaduna Polytechnic, Kaduna State. The union said it embarked on the strike due to the alleged failure of the government to implement her own side of the agreements it entered with the Union since 2016.
According to the ASUP President, Usman Dutse, he said the union’s demands included the non-implementation of the assessment report, shortfalls in salaries and withdrawal of allowances.
The polytechnic students’ body noted on Tuesday that they were not ready “to waste 11 months at home as we did in 2013”, therefore called on the government to attend to the demands of their lecturers. The statement partly read, “We are appealing to the Federal Government to expedite action to resolve its impasse with ASUP, whose national industrial action commenced on Monday.
“It is essential to state that [we] students will not be patient like we were in 2013 when over 11 months were unjustly taken away from us. The Federal Government and ASUP must find a common ground for the sake of our future.
“If there is no resolution in the next 14 days, the government should expect the students in a mass protest at the Aso Villa Gate during every weekly Federal Executive Council meeting.
Meanwhile, the Zone B Coordinator of the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics, Mr. Abdullahi Yalwa, on Friday insisted that the ongoing indefinite strike embarked upon by the union would not be called off until all their demands had been met.
In his reaction,Yalwa while briefing journalists at the Federal Polytechnic, Nasarawa, Nasarawa State expressed that “It is not that we enjoy embarking on strike action because there is nothing that satisfies teachers more than teaching. But, we are being constrained,”