The Supervising Minister of Education, Nyesom Wike, has reacted to the ‘massive protests’ planned by striking polytechnic lecturers for the next week, tagged them as ‘mere propaganda’.
He also added that such an action by the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP) to draw Federal Government’s attention to the lingering strike would not be in the interest of Poly students.
According to the position of the FG, over 90% of the demands of the polytechnic lecturers have been met. The only outstanding issue is that of salary arrears. ASUP can’t accept the payment in two instalments.
However, ASUP leader, Chibuzor Asomugha, described Wike’s claim that about 90% of the lecturers’ demands had been met as a “deliberate denial of reality” and mixing up of facts.
According to Daily Trust, the president of ASUP said the mass protest he had announced earlier in the day was open to all who want to join to draw the attention of the Federal Government to the lingering ASUP strike.
Asomugha promised that the point of gathering and the exact time of the protest would be announced closer to the beginning of the protest for security reasons.