WEST African Polytechnic/Monotechnic
Students Union, WAPSU, and the National
Association of Polytechnic Students, NAPS,
yesterday threatened to disrupt the federal
executive council meeting in protest over the
ongoing strike by polytechnic lecturers.
The National President of WAPSU, Mr
Salatiuden Lukman and the Publicity
Secretary Mr Olugbode Hammed made this
known at a joint news conference in Abuja.
Both associations issued the Federal
Government a 14-day ultimatum to resolve
all issues and return to classroom or be ready
to play host to the student populace every
week of Federal Executive Council, FEC,
“We are appealing to the government to
expedite action to resolve her impasse with
“It is essential we state that students may
not and will not be patient with the duo like
we did in the year 2013.
`That year, 11 months was unjustly taken
away from us in the name of strike.
“Government and ASUP must find a
common ground to agree for the sake of our
“If no resolution in the next 14 days,
they should expect students populace
resumption for peaceful mass protest at
the Aso Villa gate on every week of Federal
Executive Council, FEC, meeting.’’ Said
Also speaking, the National Publicity
Secretary Hammed said that the association
was also worried about the poor state of
facilities at the institutions.
Hammed urged states and private school
owners to emulate Benue by handing
over their polytechnics to the Federal
Government for upgrading to ensure
According to him, most of the schools are
nothing but glorified secondary schools.
Hammed said that accredited institutions
were supposed to be the only ones operating
but the schools of health were becoming
business ventures where any individual
could begin in a small apartment.
He said that the indiscriminate
establishment of Colleges of Health without
adequate training facilities to attract
accreditation was a violation of the law.
The unions frowned at the practice, and
called regulatory bodies to deem their flash
lights on such schools.