Strike: Protesting Polytechnic Students Vow to Disrupt 2019 Polls

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The National Association of Polytechnic Students has vowed to disrupt the February 16 presidential and national assembly elections unless the strike by their teachers is called off.

The students in a protest at the main entrance to the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja on Wednesday accused the Federal Government of paying lip service to the demands of polytechnic teachers in comparison to their university colleagues.

National President of the Association, Enije Mohammed, insisted that the protest would be sustained for three days as a warning to the government.

Mohammed said their teachers have been frustrated several timed as the government has continued to fail to keep to dates and time for scheduled meetings leading to the prolonged strike

The Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics(ASUP,) has been on strike since December 12, 2018, to among other things push for the payment of their earned allowances, and the passing into law of the Polytechnic Act.

In January 2019, President Muhammadu Buhari refused to give assent to the Polytechnic Act Bill amongst four others.