It Is Still Not Over: Some Polytechnics Remain Shut, as NASU, SSANIP Persist with Strike

It Is Still Not Over: Some Polytechnics Remain Shut, as NASU, SSANIP Persist with Strike

The Head, Public Relations Unit, Yaba College of Technology, Adekunle Adams, on Wednesday said that students in the institution had yet to resume due to strikes by two workers’ unions.

Mr. Adams said in Lagos that although the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics, ASUP, had suspended its strike, the two other strikes were paralysing activities in the school.

“We cannot resume unless SSANIP and NASU call off their strikes. For now, we are offering skeletal services; all NASU members are not at work.

“Government is in dialogue with the unions; hopefully, they will suspend their strikes soon,” he said.

The Chairman of the SSANIP in the institution, Austin Okoh, said that the strike called by the body would continue until the Federal Government met its demands.

He said that the union would hold a national executive council meeting on Thursday in Abuja to evaluate the progress made so far.

Also, the Chairman of the NASU in the college, Ilesanmi Olatunbosun, confirmed that strike called by the union was still on.

The authorities of the college had, in May, directed students of the institution to remain at home due to the SSANIP strike.

A memo signed by the Registrar of the college, Biekoroma Amapakabo, on May 6, said that the school had postponed its resumption indefinitely.

It said that resumption for the second semester 2012/2013 academic session had been postponed because of the SSANIP strike. It said that the college would announce a new date in due course.

SSANIP is protesting the Federal Government’s non-implementation of the Consolidated Tertiary Institutions Salary Structure (CONTISS 15).

The union, which has been on strike since April, is also calling for an end to alleged discrimination against Higher National Diploma holders.

NASU had also, on July 8, started an indefinite strike to press for implementation of the CONTISS 15, among other issues.

At the Lagos State Polytechnic, however, some students said they were still having lectures in spite of the SSANIP and NASU strikes.

The school’s chapter of ASUP had returned to classes long before the national body

(NAN) 

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