News: Polytechnic lecturers prepare for a strike, give FG two-week ultimatum

Anderson Ezeibe

The Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP), has recently threatened to embark on industrial action if the Federal Government of Nigeria does not accede to its demands within two weeks.

ASUP President, Anderson Ezeibe, made this disclosure to reporters after an emergency National Executive Council (NEC) meeting of the union on Wednesday in Abuja.

The union had, on April 1, issued the Federal Government a one-month ultimatum that expired on May, 4, to address their demands.

“Following exhaustive deliberations on the update, the emergency meeting of the Union’s National Executive Council has resolved that members should withdraw their services in a two-week industrial action with effect from May, 16.

“We appeal to members of the public to prevail on the government to do the needful within the two weeks so as to avoid an indefinite shut down of the sector,” Mr. Ezeibe said.

The ASUP president said that among the issues in contention is the alleged non-release of the approved revitalization fund for the sector, totaling N15 billion yet to be released 11 months after approval by President Muhammadu Buhari.

Mr Ezeibe said that other demands included the non-release of arrears of the new minimum wage: especially the 10 months’ arrears for the polytechnics.

He said that yet-to-be-released is also the reviewed normative instrument for institution/management and programmes accreditation.

Source: PeoplesGazette

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