As a student in the great country of Nigeria, completing your tertiary degree in the originally allotted time is seemingly impossible.
If you’re fortunate enough to attend a Private university within the country then you’re one of the lucky ones who don’t have to deal with the rot in the education system. You get to escape watching Government officials play politics with your future while telling you to go learn a trade. It’s not easy being a student in Nigeria and you’re reminded about it regularly.
ASUP, the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics has threatened to shut down all polytechnics in Nigeria next week. This threat is directed at the Federal Government as the union claim the government has failed to meet its demands. Remember that the Government is currently trying to get University doors open as ASUU, the Academic Staff Union of Universities have been on strike.
Anyway, back to ASUP. The union had in March issued a one month ultimatum to the Federal Government, that ultimatum would lapse next Wednesday.
The Zonal Coordinator of the union, Yekini Asafe said ASUP had originally suspended its 61-day long industrial action on June 10, 2021, following the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding with the government. However, due to the failure of the government to meet their demands, the union may be forced to resume the suspended industrial strike action.
According to Asafe, some of items under the union’s demands include; the non-release of the revitalisation funds for the sector, non-release of arrears of the new minimum wage, and non-release of the reviewed nomination instruments for institutions and managements as well as programmes accreditation among others.
He added that a meeting of the National Executive Council of the union was scheduled for May 4, 2022. A decision would be made at that meeting.