The meeting between the Federal Government and Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics held on Monday ended inconclusive as both parties did not come to a compromise. This means that the ASUP strike continues until further notice.
It was gathered that negotiation towards ending the strike will continue January, after the Christmas and New Year celebrations.
The government’s delegation to the meeting was led by Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu, while the National President of ASUP, Usman Dutse, led the delegation of the union. Speaking to journalists after the marathon meeting that lasted over five hours at the office of Minister of Education, Duste said both parties could not resolve the issue as they failed to reach a compromise.
Dutse said a new date would be communicated to the union by the Federal Government team which he said had continued to make several appeals over their demands.
He further mentioned that ASUP had no regret embarking on strike the same time with their university counterparts, noting “The issue of being the right time depends on the environment you find yourself. “They have their issues and we have ours.
And because ASUU is on strike doesn’t mean we can’t go on our own. These are two different things and I believe we are doing the right thing. “If you are following the trend, you will see that we have had several engagements with the government and they have made several appeals and so now, we have decided to embark on the strike. So whether it is right or not, it depends in the environment.”