15 December, 2018.
Fedpoffa Vice President in Abuja Agitating for Fedpoffa to Pull Out.
As at this moment, there seems tightrope in sight to the ongoing strike action embarked upon by the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics, ASUP as the union has vowed to continue with the action until the federal government meets its demands.
We the polytechnic students have been out of school 3 days ago, following the industrial action embarked upon by the lecturers which is indefinite.
Expectations as at this time were high that the ongoing strike will be called off/ suspended when the Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu, meet with the leadership of the polytechnic lecturers.
We also hope that the Congress of National Association of Polytechnic students will also bring a way forward idea to the indefinite industrial action.
Currently, the Students’ Union Vice President Admin, comr Yahaya Murtala(Progress) is in Abuja as regard the strike.
The Federal government had opened discussions with the striking lecturers on four out of the thirteen issues contained in the list of demands of the polytechnic lecturers.
However we want to express concerns that the government’s response to those issues is rather haphazard and unconvincing, hence the decision that the strike will continue until such a time when the federal government deems it necessary to address the issues at stake. Looking at the fact that the polytechnic lecturers have been poorly paid since 2009.
As student, and Students’ Union leader, we strongly believe that Incessant industrial actions by lecturers constitute a major setback to tertiary education in Nigeria forcing those who can afford to look elsewhere.
Many times ago, Experts say the situation is likely to continue if the Nigerian government remains adamant in approving the UNESCO approved budgetary allocation to the education sector.
Therefore, we are unsatisfied with the level of development in the nation education sector, which we strongly believe that it requires reform and overhauling by the Federal government so as to rebuild the country standard.
Finally, The Federal government should see it as a matter if urgency to attend to the needs of the Polytechnic staffs, as the say Yes to “No Lectures, No Vote”, as we all know that students has a major role to play in any election. We want to appeal to the ASUP of Fedpoffa chapter and the management to device a means of pulling out of the ongoing strike by next week, as this will help to sustain and maintain our fast academic calendar. We believe in your ability as parents.
Signed by: FEDPOFFA SUG PRESIDENT. ( SHEEDOR ALUTA)
From: FEDPOFFA STUDENTS’ UNION P.R.O ( CLASSIC).