FG lauds ASUP for calling off strike

The Federal Government has praised the decision of the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP) to call off its warning strike and resume duties.

They also hailed the union for acknowledging its efforts toward the resolution of the challenges facing polytechnic education in the country.

A statement was released yesterday in Abuja by the Head of Press and Public Relations in the Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment, Olajide Oshundun.

In it, Labour and Employment Minister Chris Ngige said it was heartwarming that the polytechnic lecturers acknowledged the unrelenting efforts of the Federal Government toward repositioning higher education in the country.

The statement reads: “ASUP has made a remarkable difference at a time the usual practice is for striking unions to deny that the government has moved a needle in implementing agreements reached negotiations.

“This union did not only acknowledge the efforts of the Federal Government, but it painstakingly also listed the demands which the government had met while expressing optimism that the rest would similarly be resolved.

“This is the way to go, a commendable act which other unions in the Education sector must copy, moving forward, in the holistic resolution of the challenges facing higher education.”

The minister urged other unions currently on strike in the Education sector to emulate the polytechnic lecturers and immediately resume work in the interest of their students and the country at large.



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