Students under the aegis of National Association of Polytechnic Students (NAPS) have decried the efforts of the Federal Government in attending to the needs of the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnic (ASUP).
The students, however, warned the Federal government to find a lasting solution to the impending strike or face its wrath adding they will not hesitate to oust the government out of office with their votes if they remain the same.
Speaking with Newsmen, Comrade Olasunkanmi Ijaduade, the Association’s spokesperson said the biggest losers in the lingering strike action by ASUP with the FG are the students.
He also noted that the government seems to be more focused on the coming election than in the welfare of the students.
In his words; “Hours, days, week, and months have passed by since the academic wing of the Nigeria Polytechnic institutions begun an indefinite strike. The Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP) brought academic activities across all polytechnic campuses to a halt because it feels the government is poorly handling technical education in the country.
two elephants fight, the grass, they say, suffers. The victims of the
lack of compromise by ASUP and FG remain the helpless polytechnic
students all over the country. We frown strongly with the negligence
shown by the federal government.
”NAPS sees the lackadaisical attitude of the government as sheer wickedness and a deliberate act to further kill the already crippled education system of our dear nation Nigeria. What lesson does the federal government think they are giving the students and youths of Nigeria?”
Also speaking, Ijaduade, urged ASUP to keep NAPS abreast of any development because the students’ patience has been far exhausted.
“This is not a fight that must be fought alone, ASUP must carry us along and other sister pressure groups should also join this cause. The Federal government sees them as having little or no weight to be given attention.
“Need we remind the FG that the general elections are just a few weeks to go? If they refuse to heed now, we won’t hesitate to separate the weed from the tulips by ousting them and their gross incompetence.”