The Nigerian education system is at the verge of its total collapse as Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics, ASUP, has commenced an indefinite strike, starting from Friday, October 4.
This was confirmed by the ASUP president, Chibuzor Asumogba.
“Yes, of course, the strike has begun today (Friday). It’s still going on and no turning back till the Federal Government listens to us and attend to our needs; none has been satisfactorily met,” he said.
ASUP is asking for the removal of the dichotomy between HND/University graduates in placement and career progression; constitution of an effective and functional governing council for polytechnics; a white paper on visitation panels to polytechnics and a much-needed assessment of polytechnics.
The strike is expected to commence fully in polytechnics across Nigeria from next week Monday.
The polytechnic lecturers had earlier in the year embarked on a strike, for the same reasons. The strike lasted almost three months and was suspended on July 16 after the intervention of federal lawmakers. The lecturers say the government has not made concrete efforts since then to address their demands.
A similar nationwide strike by university lecturers is in its fourth month as the lecturers, ASUU, demand a full implementation of the 2009 agreement they had with the federal government.