Solidarity Greetings from National Association Of Polytechnic Students (NAPS), the Conglomerate umbrella body and Representative Organization of over 20.1 Million Polytechnic Students both at Home and in Diaspora.
It has come to the notice of the Leadership of NAPS on the proposed nationwide strike and total Shutdown of all Polytechnic across the country by ASUP National which is slated to Commence on the 6th April 2021, after a careful view on the demands of ASUP from Federal Government.
The Leadership of NAPS hereby demands a quick response from the Federal Government through the Federal Ministry of Education and the Directorate of Polytechnic Education to as matter of Urgency to fulfill all the agreement between ASUP and Federal Government. Knowing fully well that without a quality Polytechnic Education the Nation is end to a very disastrous end.
The education of the Nigeria citizens should not be politicise. The Leadership of NAPS will not take it lightly with Federal Government and ASUP.
It's regrettably sad, that the COVID-19 pandemic have done a great harm to the academic calendar of the Polytechnic Students but in all, we thank God for keeping us alive.
We hereby call on both the Federal Government and ASUP National to desist from any act inimical to the students academic welfare, considering the negative impact of COVID-19 pandemic on students academic programme.
Students as customers who paid their school fees as at when due should be respected and offered services at when due. Hence, to embark on strike action influencing the innocent students whom have paid their fees, acomodation and did not in any way contribute to the crisis to be at the receiving end, it's unfair and unjust.
NAPS Leadership appeal to the ASUP National to find means of getting things done without embarking on any strike action, considering the following:
* the negative effect of COVID-19 Pandemic on the Academic Progress of the Polytechnic Students.
* the adverse effects on the economy which influence Parents, guardians and sponsors of Polytechnic Students
* the pains of continuous payment of house rent by students, coupled with landlord issue respect to COVID-19 period.
* the elongation of years for academic programme.
In as much as we appreciate the fatherly and motherly roles our Lecturers played in ensuring that we receive best education and become useful and relevant to the country, we beseech both ASUP National and Federal Government to find a lasting solution to all the lingering agreement and others. We will have no choice than to embark on Nationwide Protest that will cripple the Economy of the Country.
On the Bill to Abolish and Prohibit the Discrimination between HND and B.Sc.
Memorandum on HND/ BSC Discrimination
Solidarity Greetings from National Association Of Polytechnic Students (NAPS), the Association that represents over 20 Million Polytechnic Students in Nigeria.
* HND Certificate Holders from any Recognized Polytechnic and Institutions accredited by NBTE Should be Integrated into Relevant Officers and Professional Cadres as Directed in the Approved White Paper to enable them Progress to Higher Grades Up to Level 17.
"HND Holders should be given a Level Play Ground and not be treated as a second class citizen of Nigeria."
We Appeal to the Senate President to take this Discrimination as a serious issue and advise the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to implement the approved White Paper.