The striking members of the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP) and Colleges of Education Academic Staff Union (COEASU) have accused Nyesom Wike, the supervising Minister of Education of being insensitive towards resolving the issues that have kept the indefinite strikes going.
At a press conference jointly addressed in Abuja yesterday, the unions accused the minister of embarking on propaganda and falsehood, giving the public the impression that the unions are being strong headed, instead of addressing the issues.
Dr. Chibuzor Asomugha, National President of ASUP, also raised doubt concerning the setting up of a committee to address the dichotomy between Higher National Diploma (HND) and degree holders, which was announced by Wike last week.
According to the minister, ASUP officials are a part of the committee, however Asomugha said the union was not contacted and only read about it on the pages of the newspapers.
“We have not been contacted and we were not at any meeting by any committee. We are on strike on this matter, and they set up a committee on it. They would have told us, if there is any genuineness in it,” he said.
The Chairman of the Abuja chapter of COEASU, Dr. Ahmed Lawal, lamented that due to the refusal of the government to harmonise working conditions across tertiary institutions, the Colleges lose their lecturers to the university system.
“The protest is just the beginning. If the government does not listen, we will take other steps,” he said.