ASUP suspends 10-month-old strike

Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP) has suspended its 10- month-old strike.

This was disclosed by the President of the union, Dr Chibuzor Asomugha, yesterday, after their National Executive Council (NEC) meeting held in Abuja.

Students Of Moshood Abiola Polytechnic, Abeokuta, in a peaceful protest over the nationwide strike embarked upon by Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP) in Abeokuta .

Speaking with Sunday Vanguard on telephone, he said, “Our National Executive Council (NEC) met today and resolved to suspend the strike for three months starting from Tuesday next (this) week.”

Asomugha explained that the strike suspension was to allow the new Education Minister, Alhaji Abrahim Shekarau, study their demands and take appropriate action.

He, therefore, urged polytechnics students and lecturers to report in school on Tuesday for lecture.

The ASUP leader said: “The decision to call off the strike is in consonance with the demand of the new Minister of Education, Alhaji Abrahim Shekarau, to allow him study our demands.

“All ASUP is asking for is that government makes commitment on when and how the issues will be resolved.” He did not state whether the Federal Government has however made any commitment before the suspension of the strike.

ASUP went on the strike on October 4, 2013 to press the Federal Government to accede to its 13-point demands which include the release of the White Paper on the Visitation to Federal Polytechnics.


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