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ASUP threatens strike over FG failed promises

The Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP) has threatened to down tool over unfulfilled promises of the Federal government to their various demands.

The body issued a 21-day ultimatum to the government to address its numerous agitations or risk indefinite withdrawal of its services nationwide.

Rising from its 96th National Executives Council meeting on Thursday at the Federal Polytechnic Oko, Anambra state, the union urged its organs and chapters to commence mobilization for the proposed strike towards rescuing the sector from imminent collapse.

President of the union, Usman Dutse, who read out the 6-point communique, titled, “Renewed Threats to the survival of polytechnic education in Nigeria, the position of the ASUP”, regretted government’s refusal to respond to its several correspondences.

He maintained that only an efficiently run educational system would deliver Nigeria’s quest for a knowledge driven economy.

The communique partly read, “Our union has been in constant engagements with the Nigerian government in different scales with significant outcomes.

“However, recent events in the sector have reawakened our consciousness to our strategic position in the sector and our responsibility to ensure it does not collapse in deed.
Dutse enumerated the areas of concern to include attempt to forcefully enroll its members into the Integrated Personnel and Payroll Information System (IPPIS), non-implementation of Federal Polytechnics Act 2019 Amendment, as well as continued victimisation of union officers.

He said, “The committee set up to renegotiate our agreement with the government since 2015 is yet to respond to our charter of demands submitted 10months ago and Government has refused all entreaties to reconvene the renegotiation.

“Our union has been complaining that insertions that undermine global best practices in tertiary education have been forced into the scheme of service currently at the final stages of the review process.

“Critical aspects of the signed Memorandum of Settlement (MOS) signed between our union and the government is yet to be implemented since 2017, including non-release of the NEEDS assessment funds to polytechnics nor release of revitalization fund for the sector.”

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