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Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics to Begin Strike Dec. 12

 Usman Dutse. Photo: The Whistler NG
Usman Dutse. Photo: The Whistler NG

According to Premium Times News, the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP) has announced that the union would begin an indefinite nationwide industrial action starting from December 12, 2018.

The National President of ASUP, Usman Dutse, made this known Wednesday morning via a phone interview with Premium Times. He said the Federal Government of Nigeria had failed to meet the demands of the polytechnic lecturers and will not hesitate to join their university colleagues who have been on strike for a month.

Prior to this impending industrial action, ASUP had on the 2nd of October issued a 21-day ultimatum to the FG before it extended it to November which they failed to commence.

“This proposed strike will be total and indefinite. This further emphasizes the resolution of the 93rd National Executive Council meeting reached at the Yaba College of Technology (YABATECH), Lagos, last week.
“FG has failed to implement and fulfill agreements it reached with the union as contained in the memorandum of understanding signed,” he stated.

ASUP went on strike in Nov. 2017, but the FG reached an agreement to implement the recommendations of the 2014 NEED assessment, the strike was suspended fifteen days after.

“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.

“The bill meant to review the act on the establishment of polytechnics in the country is yet to be passed by the National Assembly. The union is hoping that the strike would also help fast-track the process.
“The institutions are not funded, the states are even worse because state governments just establish schools without actually funding them. So, no infrastructure is in place,” the national president added.

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