The Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics(ASUP) , has finally suspended its 10 – month old strike today, Saturday 12 July.
The exciting news was broken by the union’s President, Dr Chibuzor Asomugha on Saturday, after the National Executive Council, NEC, meeting of the union held in Abuja.
Also commenting, secretary of the union , Clement Chirman , confirmed that the strike has been suspension of the strike, and said that all striking lecturers have been directed to resume work on Tuesday.
The ASUP NEC meeting was held two days after the new Education Minister, Ibrahim Shekarau , who was sworn- in by President Goodluck Jonathan on Wednesday made appeals to ASUP to suspend its ten month-old strike and resume work .
He(The Minister) appealed to the union to give him more time to study all the issues raised while also expressing the optimism that the disputes would be speedily resolved.
The minister also assured that the Federal Government would
keep to its own part of agreements reached with the union,
particularly , on payment of salaries.
He noted that as minister , he would ensure that “only high standards are set and maintained at all levels of the education sector . ”
The ASUP NEC is composed of every polytechnic chapter chairmen of the union and the national executives.