ASUP insists no going back on strike

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ASUP insists no going back on strike
The Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP), speaking after meeting with the Minister of Education Mallam Adamu Adamu said there was no going back on the current strike.

ASUP had embarked on an indefinite industrial action starting from Tuesday over what it described as the refusal of the government to address its demands.

ASUP, President  Comrade Anderson Ezeibe said the strike would continue until the demands were met.

Ezeibe listed the twelve-point demands of the union which include refusal of the government to release/pay ten (10) months of New Minimum Wage Arrears, refusal to constitute Governing Councils for Federal Polytechnics since the last GCs were dissolved in May of 2020, attempts by the AGF to steal N19bn from Federal Polytechnic staff salaries to pay unverified and unreconciled taxes that staff has long paid.

He expressed displeasure that the Federal Government had not responded to series of letters written over the matter since the expiration of the union’s ultimatum issued in March 2020.

He reaffirmed the commitment of the Union to dialogue with the Federal Government.

He appealed to Members of the public to show understanding and support efforts of the union towards salvaging the polytechnic subsector from total collapse.

“Nonpayment of salaries in some state-owned institutions as our members are owed their legitimate emoluments ranging from 5 to 24 months in Abia, Ogun, Osun, Edo, Benue, Plateau, continued victimization of officials of our union as seen in Institute of Management and Technology, Enugu, Federal Polytechnic Mubi as well as Rufus Giwa Polytechnic Owo,” Ezeibe said.

He said the situation had degenerated to the alleged clamping down and brazen illegal seizure of the properties of its union by the Rector of Federal

The ASUP president said the non-implementation of the approved 65 years retirement age in the sector by some state governments, notably Kano and continued appointment of unqualified persons as rectors of polytechnics in some states must be addressed.

However, the Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu said some of the issues were already being resolved, stressing that President Muhammadu Buhari had approved the constitution of governing councils for Polytechnics and it will be inaugurated soon.

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