ASUP to discuss FG's proposal

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Nigeria’s Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP) has expressed dissatisfaction with the Federal Government’s proposal to the union.

ASUP President Chibuzor Asomugha told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos that the union would discuss it in two weeks’ time at the National Executive Council (NEC) meeting.

Asomugha said that the union’s position on the government’s proposal would be known after its NEC meeting at a yet to be determined venue.

“We are not satisfied with what the government is proposing, in fact, we did not accept it at the meeting held with the minister on Tuesday in Abuja.

“Since that is what it can offer, we will convey it to our NEC, to decide the next action. We cannot say when we will suspend the strike until after the NEC meeting.

“I cannot say when, but as soon as the NEC meet, maybe in the next two weeks,’’ the ASUP president said.

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The Supervising Minister for Education, Mr Nyeson Wike, on Tuesday said the government had released N20.4 billion, to settle the Consolidated Tertiary Institution Salary Structure (CONTISS) arrears to the polytechnic teachers.

Wike released the figure at a meeting with ASUP and the National Association of Polytechnic Students (NAPS) in Abuja.

He said that the payment was delayed by the lack of agreement by both parties on the modalities for the payment.

According to him, the CONTISS salary structure being agitated for by the union has been approved and also included in the 2014 budget.

NAN reports that the polytechnic teachers embarked on indefinite strike in 2013 over the government’s failure to implement agreements reached with the union.