Platforms Africa had two weeks ago, precisely on April 26, reported that the polytechnic lecturers would declare a strike
The Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP) has declared the commencement of a 2-week industrial action with effect from Monday, 16th of May 2022, confirming an exclusive report by Platforms Africa on its plan to down tool.
Platforms Africa had two weeks ago, precisely on April 26, reported plans by the polytechnic lecturers to declare a strike.
ASUP disclosed the decision in a statement released after its emergency meeting of the Union’s National Executive Council today (Wednesday).
The union, in a statement signed by its president, Anderson Ezeibe said the Nigerian government is yet to meet the union’s demand.
ASUP suspended its industrial action declared on the 6th of April 2021 on the 10th of June, 2021 following the signing of a Memorandum of Action (MoA) with the government.
The signed MoA contained a clear path to a sustainable resolution of the issues in dispute with timelines attached to each of the items in dispute.
Part of the demand includes the non-release of the approved revitalization fund for the sector, Approved N15bn, yet to be released 11 months after approval by the President.
“Non-release of arrears of the new minimum wage: The owed 10 months arrears for the Polytechnics is yet to be released. The composite amount covering all Federal Tertiary Institutions to the approximate figure of N19Bn currently exists as an AIE in the Accountant Generals Office.”
“We are deploying this medium to equally appeal to members of the public to prevail on the government to do the needful within the two weeks period so as to avoid an indefinite shutdown of the sector.” the union threatened.