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Friday, July 5, 2013

At last Senate wades into ASUP Strike almost 3 Months after

President of Academic Staff Union of
Polytechnics, ASUP, Dr Chibuzor Asomugha,
Thurday disclosed that the Senate Committee
on Education has promised to intervene on the
imbroglio between the Federal Government
and ASUP to put an end to the 67-day-old
industrial action.
He said: "The Senate Committee has pledged
to intervene with the Secretary to the
Government of the Federation (SGF) and the
Office of Accountant General of the
Federation (OAGF) with a view to sorting out
issues surrounding the completion of the
appointment of members of Governing
Councils of six polytechnics and the Integrated
Personnel and Payroll Information System
(IPPIS) imbroglio."
Asomugha who described ASUP meeting with
Senate Committee as fruitful said, "definite
assignments were given to different
stakeholders with Tuesday next week as
deadline for results."
Present at the meeting were; members of
Senate Committee on Education, Minister of
Education, Professor Ruqayyatu Rufa'i and
Minister of Labour, Barr. Emeka Wogu.
Others were the Executive Secretary of the
National Board for Technical Education (NBTE)
, Dr. Mas'udu A. Kazaure, National Publicity
Secretary, ASUP, Mr. Clement Chairman,
Permanent Secretary (Education) and Director
of Establishment (Head Of Service).
"The potentially fruitful parley will reconvene
on Tuesday next week to appraise progress
from the different efforts," the ASUP leader
said.
ASUP had embarked on a nationwide
indefinite strike on 29th April over what they
termed Federal Government's insensitivity to
their demands.
They are asking government to adequately
fund polytechnics, appoint qualified Rectors,
and resolve the issue of integrated Polytechnic
Payroll system among others.

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