The National Association of polytechnic students on Tuesday gave the Federal Government two week ultimatum to meet all the demands of Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP) or face wrath of Nigerian students.
The union disclosed to our Correspondent that it is the students that bear the brunt of the Strike. He implored the Federal Government to acquiesce to the demands of the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics for their sake.
The President of NAPS, Mr. Sunday Ogbonnaya made the appeal in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Abuja.
He said that the appeal was one of the resolutions made at the end of its National Executive Council meeting.
“We are giving the Federal Government and NAPS two weeks to resolve their differences; otherwise we will shut down the entire system.
“We will make sure that we drag ASUU and other relevant unions in the education sector to be part of the protest.
“Federal Government and ASUP should take advantage of these two weeks to finalise and implement their agreements.
“There is also the need for ASUP and the state chapters to be united in order for them to achieve their purpose.
“There is also the need for them to go back to the negotiation table to ensure final resolution to all the problems,” he said.
Ogbonnaya said the 11 month old unending industrial disharmony in the polytechnic sector had affected the school calendar.
According to him, the meeting agreed that ASUP should sit with the FG delegation to end their crisis and call off the strike to save polytechnic education.
He said that the ongoing strike was making polytechnic education less attractive to young secondary school leavers.
The NAPS president said the ongoing strike was putting on hold the future of the students, which he said was dangerous for the country.
He urged the ministry of education to forward a memo to the National Assembly to request for a supplementary budget that would meet the demand of ASUP and COEASU.
Both lecturers of public polytechnics and colleges of education have been on strike for 11 and six months respectively.
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