ASUP called to sustain harmonious relationship with FG – Minister
Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu, has called on Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP) to sustain harmonious relationship between it and the Federal Government. Malam Adamu made the call during the 2016 Academic ASUP officials’ capacity development workshop held in Kaduna, saying the industrial harmony is paramount to development of any society.
The Minister, represented by his Deputy Director Polytechnic, Federal Ministry of Education, Alhaji Ibrahim Uba, said the union is partners in progress and, therefore, should continue with its partnership with the government on the latter’s current change agenda as it affects the nation’s education sector in general.
He stressed that the government is desired and committed to transforming the entire education sector, and commended the union leadership for organizing the capacity building workshop, which he said is timely and well conceived. “Indeed, the workshop is timely and well conceived by the union’s national leaders to have it at this critical period, when manpower capacity building is greatly required.”
The ministry noted with appreciation, “the happenings emanating from the union and appreciates the kind support and understanding of the sector to the government as well as to the ministry.
“These acts by the ASUP clearly demonstrate the union’s maturity, togetherness, love for the nation and the effort to move the polytechnic education sub-sector forward,” he stated.
Similarly, the Executive Secretary of the National Board for Technical Education (NBTE), Dr. Masa’udu Kazaure, stressed the need for all unions in all the nation’s polytechnic campuses to key into the noble initiative and to educate their members to ensure and sustain industrial peace in the campuses.
He said the demands, accusations, counter-accusations and the blame game, or the extremities of strikes, should at all times be reviewed as it will do nobody any good to think of shutting down.
Earlier, National President of ASUP, Usman Dutse, said the aim of the workshop and the choice of its theme, “Administering Trade Unions in a Receding Economy,” was to put its heads together to discuss, synergize and develop a strategy on how to address some of its challenges, which include nonpayment of salaries to workers in most states and federal.