ASUP threatens strike over FG’s nelglect of polytechnic education

BY PETER OKUTU

ABAKALIKI—Leadership of Academic Staff Union of Polytechnic, ASUP, Thursday, raised alarm over the neglected state of polytechnics across the country and and threatened strike over Federal Government’s lackadaisical attitude towards improving it, despite pressures  from principal officers in the sub-sector.

National President of ASUP, Mr. Chibuzor Asomugha , who made this known during the 1st ASUP Zone D national conference held at Akanu Ibiam Federal Polytechnic, Unwana, Ebonyi State, expressed dissatisfaction over the existing dichotomy on how the federal government handled issues affecting polytechnics in the country.

Asomugha stated that the union, on April 25, will issue a 21-day ultimatum on the Federal Government to enable it look into core issues affecting polytechnics in the country, adding that if no satisfactory decision was reached between the FG and polytechnics, ASUP would have no other choice than to embark on a strike.

He lamented that government’s modus operandi would not only incapacitate the institutions but also derail the objective behind their establishment.

He said: “We believe that between now and when our ultimatum will expire that the federal government would have been able to reasonably come up with solutions that will ameliorate the problems of the polytechnics in the country.

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