The National President of the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics, Usman Dutse, has confirmed that the body has of today have commenced on an indefinite strike.
The ASUP chairman, Usman Dutse said in a statement released that the union will commence the strike because the Federal Government has failed to implement the 2009 and 2017 agreements which were reached with the Union.
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The strike commenced today, with the Union saying the failure of the government to address the sorry state of Polytechnics and mono-technics and the expiration of the ultimatum issued in March 2020.
The action is coming less than a week after resident doctors embarked on a nationwide strike over non-payment of allowances and other issues.
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Announcing this at a press briefing in Abuja on Tuesday, the ASUP President, Anderson Ezeibe, said academic activities had been shut shown in all polytechnics and like institutions nationwide with effect from 12 am April 6.
According to him, the union’s demands were communicated to the ministries of education, labour and others as well as to state governors but nothing was done about them.
Ezeibe listed the lecturers’ grievances to include non-implementation of the 2014 NEEDS Report and non-release of revitalization fund to the sector despite assurances since 2017.
“Our grievances also include the non-reconstitution of governing councils in federal polytechnics and many state-owned institutions leading to the disruption of governance and administrative processes in the institutions since May, 2020.
“This has also undermined the renegotiation of the union’s 2010 agreement with the government which was unilaterally suspended by the government for over two years now.”