Students Protest In Solidarity With Striking Polytechnic Lecturers

By SaharaReporters, New York

Students from various Nigerian polytechnics, including Ofa Polytechnic and Ilaro Polytechnic, earlier today joined students of the Yaba College of Technology in Lagos to protest the government’s continued denial of demands by Polytechnic staff.

The students, who converged under the umbrella of Concerned Students Against Education Commercialization (COSATEC), massed near the front gate of Yaba College of Technology and the offices of the West African Examination Council (WAEC), located nearby in Yaba. They then marched in protest through the streets, terminating their rally at the Gani Fawehinmi Freedom Park in Ojota. As they marched, the students chanted anti-government and anti-corruption protest songs.
 
The students said they aligned themselves with the demands of their lecturers. “If (our lecturers’) demands are met, the quality of education we receive is going to be improved,” one of the protesting students said.
 
Many of the students bemoaned the grave effect of the lingering strike on their academic and professional futures.
 
A lecturer at Yaba College of Technology told Saharareporters that their two-month strike became inevitable due to the government’s failure to implement contractual agreements negotiated since 2009. “Till date, they have refused to meet their obligations to us. It is a sign of irresponsibility on the part of government that they flout agreements they made themselves.”
 
The contentious issues include the dismal condition state of state-owned polytechnics, the appointment of unqualified persons as rectors by some state governments, the refusal of some states to implement approved salary packages for polytechnics, and failure to adopt 65 years as the retirement age.
 
The striking lecturers also oppose the continued recognition of the NBTE  as a regulatory body for Nigerian polytechnics instead of creating a National Polytechnics Commission. They are also demanding an immediate amendment of the Federal Polytechnics Act  .
 
Our correspondent spoke to some student leaders at the Yaba College of Technology who said they had decided not to participate in the protests. “We are happy that the government is talking with the relevant polytechnic unions with a view to resolve the problems. That’s why we are not joining the protests,” one of the leaders said.
 
 
 

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please help polytechnic students

pls help the masses student who cannot afford to goto malaysia to study but remain in their fatherland so federal govt help those masses please.

i m sorry for HND GAUATES

im only sorry for the students as their certificate is reguarded as an N C E certificate. some organizations employe H ND on grade level o 7. AN HND holer is being marginalized. no body is coming to the aid of graduates from poly technics. and nobody will tell you that you will be on GADElevel 14 if you are an HND holder until you get to that level. I will advice that the govt should either scrape the HND certifice or incease one extra year to make their graduate same with university conterperts or poly technic should offer degrees programmmes.

Selfish leaders, why their kids are schooling abroad n in Ghana

No hope in PDP or APC. Our future is in our heads. Searching for a more credible party of men.

Polytechnics should be upgrading

it is only Nigeria i see that govt belief in certificate, they dont care how you got. this issue of dichotomy between BSC & HND causing low input in Nigeria economy. take for example in Germany,German believes in what you can give to the country in technologically. what good for gander, good for goose.

Students Protest In Solidarity With Striking Polytechnic Lecture

While, I align with other demands of the Poly teachers, I strongly disagree with them on increment of their retirement age to 65 years.That to me is selfish.What is so special about Polytechnic lecturing that the lecturers want to working at the age of 65 while their children are on the streets looking for job

Thats a gud

Perhaps ds wud make govt 2 know dt poly education is a serious biz. Students make it bigger one convince dose sitting on the fence and take mother of all protest 2 abuja, where govt will feel d impact. Poly practioners(staff n studenst) hv suffer enough. Students, what u shud know is nobody will cry ur cry 4 u. Hence join in the struggle 2 improve poly education. Use every peaceful means: mother of all protest, massive usage of social media, disscus with politicians etc. Aluta continua victory ascerta

National Polytechnic commission long overdue

The committees on education in both chambers of the national parliament should tell us what they have been doing with respect to the issue of National Polytechnic comiision. we understand that some of the stumbling blocks have been staff of the NBTE who demand that they metamorphose and form nucleus of the Polytechnic commission. This will amount to putting old wine in a new wine skin. Remember that very soon you politicians will come knocking on our doors for votes. Let us see who is truly committed the transformation of Nigeria, education wise.

Children of government officials

If you live in a country where government officials steal the taxpayers' money to educate their own children abroad and allow the children of the remaining citizens to suffer unnecessary fate in our academic institutions, then we have a big problem in our hands.

am tired of home

Plz help us 2 cal off d strike

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