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Polytechnics Set to Join ASUU Strike
ASUP Joins ASUU in Nationwide Strike
The Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics(ASUP) has said that it would commence on an indefinite strike on Wednesday, December 12.
This was disclosed by its national president, Usman Dutse, on Wednesday, December 5,
This is in line with the nation wide strike by its sister body, Academic Staff Union of Universities(ASUU) that began last month.
According to Dutse, the federal government had failed to meet the demands of the union, adding that the strike will be total.
The union had on Tuesday, October 2, issued a 21-day ultimatum to the federal government before it shifted it to November.
“This further emphasizes the resolution of the 93rd National Executive Council meeting reached at the Yaba College of Technology, Lagos last week.
“Government has failed to implement and fulfill agreements it reached with the union as contained in the memorandum of understanding signed,” he said.
ASUP had embarked on a strike in November 2017 which was suspended for 15 days when the federal government reached an agreement to implement the recommendations of the 2014 NEEDS assessment.
“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 institutions are not funded. The states are even worse because state governments just establish schools without actually funding those schools. So, no infrastructure is in place.”
“We have states that are owing about 14 month salaries. Some owe eight months. Benue, Ogun, Osun, Edo, Kogi are owing up to as long as 14 months,” Dutse said.