Time To End ASUP Strike

Almost one year after the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics, ASUP, went on strike to press home their demands for better funding and improved welfare package for polytechnic lecturers, nothing has been achieved while the strike has crippled academic activities in polytechnics. While ASUP has vowed to continue with the strike, the Federal Government seems not ready to resolve the impasse. Now polytechnic students are the worse for it as they have lost a whole academic session.

ASUP began the strike in October 2013 over what it described as government’s nonchalant attitude towards technical and technological education, as well as under-funding of the institutions. The lecturers also cited the refusal of most state governments to implement the approved new salary scale for polytechnic teachers and the 65 years retirement age as another reason for going on strike. They also decried the imposition of professors from outside the polytechnic sector to serve as rectors and the need for the commencement of the Needs Assessment of Nigerian Polytechnics so as not to allow the sector to collapse totally.

ASUP began its strike when the industrial action by the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, was on then. ASUU has since called off its strike after the Federal Government succumbed to its demands. While the demands of ASUU have been addressed, the government appears not  ready to address the demands of ASUP.

It is sad that for the past eight months, students of the nation’s technological institutions have been at home doing nothing and becoming idle hands to be used by the devil to foment trouble.

Government’s nochallant approach to the ASUP strike simply suggests that polytechnic education is not important or that it is inferior to the university. The hue and cry that trailed the ASUU strike is not what we are witnessing in respect of the ASUP strike. When ASUU was on strike last year, the government was overwhelmed with protests and condemnation from the public. This forced the government to negotiate with ASUU and meet its demands after which ASUU suspended the strike.

Sadly, such overwhelming pressure is not being mounted on the government by the public over the ASUP strike. We expect the public to speak out on this issue and pile pressure on the government to accede to ASUP’s demands. Parents, opinion leaders, academics, among others should now rise to the occasion to compel the Federal Government to negotiate with the striking lecturers to end the strike so that students can go back to the classroom after being at home for so long.


We appeal to the Federal Government and ASUP to go back to the negotiation table and resolve their differences. These endless strikes in the education sector is worsening academic standard that had already  been at its lowest ebb before all these strikes.

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  • Many Nigerians today send their children
    and wards to different African countries, Europe, America and even Asia, in
    search of quality education. Records show that a particular school in Ghana has
    half of its students population made up of Nigerian students.
    But don’t be quick to condemn these
    parents. A tour of some pubic schools in the country  reveals complete infrastructural decay. What
    of the quality of teaching and materials? Gone were the days when people took
    to teaching due to their love for the profession.
    Today, many people go into teaching because
    of unemployment or lack of better things to do. This is almost peculiar with
    private schools who employ people with any qualification or background and pay
    them meagerly. Stories have it that some school certificate holders, or even
    school drop-outs who where engaged by some private nursery schools as minders
    are also used as nursery school teachers.
    In this case, you begin to wonder what
    those children were being taught. The fact that half of the students who sat
    for a university entrance examination failed raises questions on the quality of
    teachers that prepared them for the examination.
    Teachers may want to accuse the students of
    laziness and of not taking their academic work seriously. They will blame
    students for spending most of their time on social network, playing computer
    games and watching films. But the teachers can do better if they put more efforts
    and show more commitment, interest and zeal to their duties and not carrying
    out their responsibilities grudgingly.
    But then, it is impossible for one to give
    what he does not have. The quality of the teachers nowadays is a product of the
    decay and poor quality of our tertiary education. A recent newspaper report had
    it that some school proprietors raised alarm over the poor quality of students
    coming out of higher institutions in the country.
    Indeed, the falling standard of education
    can be traced to so many factors. Education in Nigeria is poorly funded. This
    has led to poor infrastructure, inadequate hostel accommodation for
    undergraduates, poor laboratory facilities and out-dated teaching aids in the
    tertiary institutions.
    The direct results are the incessant strike
    action by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), poor academic and
    research work which translates to churning out of half-baked graduates.
    In the past, pupils who did not perform
    well in examinations were asked to repeat some classes. Today, the situation is
    different. Mass promotion is the new trend. Every school proprietor wants to
    prove that his pupils are the best so they embark on mass promotion even when
    some of those promoted barely know their lefts from their rights.
    What of the parents? What are they doing
    towards ensuring that their children get quality education? Some parents,
    particularly the fathers, believe that having paid the children’s school fees,
    they have discharged their duties. Some parents don’t even care whether their
    children do their home work or not, or even take time to go through their
    school work. All their interest is in making money, believing that with money,
    they can buy quality education.
    That probably explains why some parents,
    especially mothers go the extent of buying question papers or merceneries to
    write examinations for their children. I wonder what the future of such
    children will be like.
    Obviously, the problem of education sector
    in Nigeria is multi-faceted and it needs a multi-faceted effort to tackle it if
    we must achieve Vision 20:20:20 we’re talking about. From the family, to the
    schools, up to the government, we all have roles to play. Unless we stop paying
    lip service to education, we will continue to have more failures.
    It will amount to wishful thinking if
    parents think their children and wards will perform better in future
    examinations if they do not start now to pay attention to their academic works
    and guide them right.

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  • I choose not to be angry or say anythin negative, all I know is everythin is workin out for my own gud, n God wil put an end to this strike at d right time. My dear colleagues, I know u are hurtin but lets depend on God, for he make all things beautiful in his time

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  • Nigeria is not a country, its just a geographical setting which we find our selves in. We are so unfortunate to find our selves under the "leadership" of some selfish incompetent wicked devils who show no concern about our well-being. In nigeria, it has always been 'all man for him self'. Help your selves my fellow young country men and women. Don't depend on any selfish baga. Peace-out.

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  • ASUP & FG ARE WONDERFOOLS PEOPLE
    WITH MY FEW KNOWLEDGE I KNOW THAT POLY ARE NOT MANAGE VERY WELL.
    NO DOUBT ABOUT IT THAT POLY TEACH WELL AND STUDENT READ AHEAD OF WHAT THE LECTURERS TEACHES ESPECIALLY TO BE COMPARED WITH UNIVERSITY.
    BUT HIGHER INSTITUTION IS LOT MORETHAN TEACHING READING & PASSIN UR EXAMS.
    MANAGEMENT IS VERY IMPORTANT WHICH INCOCATE ATTITUDE, BEHAVIOR & CHARACTERISTICS OF EVERY ENTITY INVOLVE IN THAT INSTITUTE.
    ITS A PITY.
    I WILL NOT LET ALL CATS OUT OF THE BAG.
    MY ADVICE TO FED-GOVT & ASUP IS THAT . ASUP SHOULD PRESENT THEIR DEMAND E.G. RETIREMENT YEAR. HND BSC DICHOTOMY. ALLOWANCES. LECTURERS WELLFARE. THEN F.G SHOULD PRESENT HOW EFFECTIVE N QUALITATIVE THE POLY WILL BE RUN AND MONITOR IT.
    I KNOW THE SECRET. POLY STAFF WANT TO EAT THEIR CAKE N HAVE IT
    F.G N ASUU CARRY THE DISEASE THAT POLY IS INFERIOR. NOT STANDARD.
    ON TUESDAY D STRIKE SHOULD BE RESOLVE OR ELSE A SIMPLE PRAYER WILL BE OFFER.
    U GUYS WILL BE VERY SORRY 4URSELVES.

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  • Goodluck jonathan Ebele, i knw u dnt hav a child dat s y dnt consence d students of nigerian is lack of kwnoledge bcos of selfishness 2wards action on Asup strike. Wat eva we are passing 2ru God will surly pay back n generation will catch fire b4 their tym. Wicked hegoat

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  • 1 cor4,God has commanded us to liv justice 4 him,all i knw he his the creatör of the of the earth put 2geda,who knws some of us mite nt b aliv if we were'nt on strik,the mity man in battl sha fite 4 us.

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  • pls i wnt to ask all dis posting here do Asup and Govt read it pls give me an answer.This question is for Pm News.Tanx

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  • Asup re fools,i wunt blame FG again.imagine nt moredan 10 poly re on strike despite d numba of poly in 9ja.aw cn a weak union win a battle,Asuu was strong das y dey won.

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  • With all that's happening , I believe its all bcos of d evil practise of high ppl in d society , dis evil practise made dem not to remember even d common Nigerian. Only one prayer I want to leave here today, any body that's behind d suffering of d common man (Asup strike and d rest ) Almighty God will surely suffer them even with their generation. Unless dey call off d strike by next week Tuesday ...else , their sufferness dey file up .

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