The Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP), Federal Polytechnic Mubi chapter has chastised the Federal Government. For waiting until the start of ASUP’s strike before calling for talks with the union’s national leadership.
However, the strike was announced well in advance. But the Federal Government took no action to prevent it until yesterday,when it convened a conference. Which ended in a deadlock, ” said Comrade Hussaini James, Chairman of the Federal Polytechnic Mubi chapter of ASUP.
Officials from the Mubi polytechnic, speaking to reporters on Wednesday at the polytechnic’s Yola campus said. The Federal Government hurried a meeting with ASUP because the strike had already begun on Tuesday. When the meeting should have been held months earlier.
He said that the Federal Government’s inaction demonstrates how unconcerned it has always been about polytechnic education issues.
Government lies down on otherwise straightforward things: things it can do without breaking a sweat. He claims when it comes to this education sub-sector.
He stressed that without a governing council, almost everything in a polytechnic comes to a halt, and he asked. “What does it take the government to form governing councils?” What would it take to catch up on minimum wage?
He emphasized that polytechnics generally suffer acute neglect: “Technical and vocational education is very important, but most aspects have been neglected and abandoned. We are like orphans. We have nothing to hold on to. If you see most of our laboratories, you will shed tears. Everything is inadequate. Most of what exist are obsolete.”
He said his chapter was fully in the strike declared by the national leadership of ASUP because, in his words, “We are suffering greatly in the polytechnic sector. This strike had to start. We hope that parents and students will understand.”