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Kaduna Polytechnic Joins ASUP Strike

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Kaduna Polytechnic Joins ASUP Strike: The Kaduna Polytechnic Chapter of the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP), has joined the indefinite strike declared by the national body on Wednesday.

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Dr. Aliyu Ibrahim, ASUP Chairman, Kaduna Polytechnic chapter, said that the chapter totally complied with the directive of the national body.

He explained, “We will remain on strike until directed otherwise by our national executives.”

Though, Kaduna Polytechnic has been on break and was expected to resume academic activities in January.

Most of the students, who spoke on the new development, appealed to the federal government to dialogue with the union and resolve all grey areas in order to ensure steady academic programme in the country’s higher institutions.

A student, who sought for anonymity said, “Steps must be taken by the federal government, stakeholders and authorities of higher institutions in the country to arrest the incessant strikes that have become the order of the day in Nigeria.

“It is only in Nigeria that government and authorities of institutions do not value the future of students that is why if university students are not at home because of strike, it will be Polytechnic students or students of Colleges of education.

“It is a common thing that those from well to do parents go to foreign countries where you have steady system of academic programmes while majority of us continue to suffer on things we know nothing about.”

An applicant, who has applied for admission in the school called on both parties to go to the negotiation table and iron things out.

“I have stayed at home for quite too long and hoping to secure admission in Kaduna Polytechnic. The strike, if prolonged will affect my chance of securing admission this session,” he lamented.

Mr Usman Dutse, the National President of Academic Staff Union of Polytechnic, ASUP, had on Tuesday directed all members of the union to embark on the nation-wide indefinite strike on Wednesday.

Dutse said that the strike became necessary following the failure of the Federal Government to implement the 2009 and 2017 agreements reached with the union.

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