- DECLARES the MAY DAY in LAGOS as PROTEST DAY for the REVERSAL of HIKE IN FEES IN LASU, LASPOLY & AOCOED!
- DEMANDS ADEQUATE FUNDING OF ALL TERTIARY INSTITUTIONS IN LAGOS!!
1. The general meeting of the Joint Action Front (JAF) held Sunday, April 27th and discussed, among other issues, the lingering strikes by academic staffs in the polytechnics and colleges for education across the country.
2. The meeting noted that the Unions have been on strike because the Federal and State Governments FAILED to IMPLEMENT agreements they freely entered into and signed with the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP) in 2009 and the Colleges of Education Academic Staff Union (COEASU) in 2010. ASUP and Senior Staff Association of Polytechnics (SSANIP), first, had a strike that lasted from April to July 2013, when it was suspended. The current strike began in October 2013; while COEASU had a warning Strike in September 2013 before the current strike that started in December 2013.
3. JAF notes that the basic demands of ASUP and SSANIP as contained in the 2009 Agreements signed with the Government(s) have been: on the need for a National Polytechnic Commission that will regulate education standards in the polytechnics, Non-Commencement of the renegotiation of the FGN/ASUP Agreements as contained in the signed 2009 Agreement and Failure by the FG to release the White Paper on the Visitations to the Polytechnics.
4. The core demands of COEASU are: Government’s REFUSAL to implement 2010 Agreement, to carry out NEEDS Assessment of Colleges of Education, and to commence re-negotiation of the Agreement.
5. JAF declares its TOTAL SUPPORT for the ongoing strike actions by ASUP, SSANIP, and COEASU and demand that the Federal Government and State Governments concerned in the management of the various tertiary institutions should IMPLEMENT without further delay the Agreements reached with the various unions.
6. JAF declares its TOTAL SUPPORT for the MASS RALLY organized by ASUP and COEASU holding tomorrow, April 29th 2014 at the Federal Secretariat, FCT, Abuja. We urge Nigerians and all stakeholders in the education sector at the primary, secondary and tertiary institution levels, including students, parents, and affiliates of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and Trade Union Congress (TUC) and groups in the informal sector (artisans, traders, women, etc) to participate actively.
7. JAF will seek further consultations with the leadership of ASUP, SSANIP, COEASU, NLC and TUC on further plan of actions to compel the FG and State Governments not only to IMPLEMENT to the fullest Agreements reached the unions but also, to accord adequate funding to the polytechnics and colleges of education.
JAF Declares the MAY DAY in LAGOS as PROTEST DAY for the REVERSAL of HIKE in FEES IN LASU, LASPOLY & AOCOED!
8. In furtherance of our SAVE PUBLIC EDUCATION campaign that was started on August 13th 2013 with a MASS RALLY in Lagos; and subsequent Mass Protests in Calabar, Abeokuta, etc; JAF hereby DECLARES May 1st 2014 as a MAY DAY OF PROTEST IN LAGOS.
9. JAF urges all workers in the affiliates of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and Trade Union Congress (TUC), the informal sector workers, artisans, traders, women, professionals, students in primary, secondary and tertiary institution levels, parents, etc, to MARCH ENMASS to the Onikan Stadium, Lagos on Thursday, May 1st with their placards, banners, protest songs and souvenirs; to demand:
· Reversal in school fees hike in LASU, Lagos State Polytechnics and Lagos State Colleges of Education.
· Adequate Funding of LASU, LASPOLY and AOCOED.
· RESPECT for the 20-point Demands by LASU ASUU.
FORWARD EVER, BACKWARD NEVER!
Dr. Oladipo Fashina Comrade Abiodun Aremu
JAF Chairperson JAF Secretary