NATIONAL Association of Polytechnic Students, NAPS, has sent a Save our Soul, SoS, message to the federal government over the planned nationwide industrial action by the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics, ASUP, over non-payment of salaries to its members in some states of the federation.
National public relations officer of the association, Comrade Olugbode Damola who made the appeal in an interview with Nigerian Pilot yesterday, urged President Muhammadu Buhari to urgently wade into the matter by directing the affected states to immediately settle the backlog of salaries owed lecturers to avert the planned strike.
“We are appealing to the federal government to save the future of Nigerian polytechnic students from total collapse. Students have always been at the receiving end whenever lecturers embark on strike and that is why we are calling on concerned authorities to come to our rescue by doing the needful,” he said.
Damola, who blamed the incessant strikes on “insensitivity, callousness and wickedness on the part of government,” gave the names of the indebted states to include Oyo, Plateau, Benue, Osun Abia and Imo.
He noted that the refusal, reluctance and delay in payment of the lecturers were deliberate attempt by governors of the affected states to frustrate the good intentions of President Buhari’s administration to address the dwindling state of education in the country.
He maintained that the polytechnic students would no longer afford to stay back at home as they were yet to recover from a 13-month nationwide strike which paralysed activities in the 2013/2014 academic session.
“We solidarise and join the staff union in condemning the callous act of state governments owing lecturers for as much as eight to ten months, we declare our support to the union getting their pay from the affected state governments by means other than closing our institutions,” he added.

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