The Minister of Education, Malam Ibrahim
Shekarau, has appealed to leadership of the
Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP) to
call off its 11-month old strike.
Shekarau made the appeal in Abuja on Thursday
when he received the leadership of the union in
The minister assured speedy resolution of issues
that led to the strike, with the understanding of
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that
the courtesy visit led by ASUP National
President, Dr Chibuzor Asomugha, was
Shekarau’s first official assignment as minister.
Shekarau noted that missing a lesson by
students could retard their progress and it was
unfortunate that the polytechnic students had
missed almost a year.
He appealed to the union to give him more time
to study the issues raised while expressing the
optimism that the disputes would soon be
The minister assured that the Federal
Government would keep to its parts of
agreements reached with the union, particularly,
on payment of salaries.
He urged the union to understand that there
were other very competing issues that
government needed to also address.
Shekarau commended the union for its concern
and struggle to raise the standard of polytechnic
education in the country.
He noted that as minister, he would ensure that
“only high standards are set and maintained at
all levels of the education sector.’’
Earlier, Asomugha said the visit was to welcome
the minister and to intimate him of the
contending issues that resulted in the protracted
According to the union leader, “all ASUP is
asking for is that government makes
commitment on when and how the issues will
Fielding questions from journalists at the end of
the meeting, Asomugha said the union would
convene a National Executive Council meeting to
take decision on the minister’s position.
The union embarked on the strike over non-
release of the white paper on issues in the
polytechnic sector since 2012, among others.