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Oh Oh! ASUP To Begin Nationwide Strike After Failure To Reach Agreement With FG

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Reacting to the Federal government’s failure to fulfil the agreements reached with the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP), the group has declared that it would begin an indefinite strike starting from December 12, 2018. Polytechnic lecturers will join their colleagues at the Academic Staff Union of Universities, who have been on strike since the 4th of November to argue their stance with the Federal Government. According to a chat the National President of the Union, Usman Dutse had with premium Times, it was revealed that the government has failed to fulfil its promises to polytechnic lecturers. The union who had before now issued a 21-day ultimatum to the federal government starting from the 2nd of October before it was later extended to November. Dutse revealed that the proposed strike would be “total and indefinite”. This further emphasises the resolution of the 93rd National Executive Council meeting reached at the Yaba College of Technology, Lagos last week. The government has failed to implement and fulfil agreements it reached with the union as contained in the memorandum of understanding signed,” he added. Recall that ASUP went on strike in November 2017, but had to call it off when the federal government said it was going to implement the recommendations of the 2014 NEEDS assessment, after which the strike was suspended 15 days after.  Dutse pointed this and more out when he revealed that: “The issue of the funding of the institutions has always been a major concern. After the government conducted the NEEDS assessment in 2014, it promised to implement it. Years after, there is no designed roadmap to implement that”.Photo Credit: Getty

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