Nigerian Polytechnic Lecturers Begin Indefinite Strike, Give Reasons

Nigerian Polytechnic Lecturers Begin Indefinite Strike, Give Reasons

- ASUP and the federal government are yet to resolve their industrial dispute

- The academic union alleged that the federal government fails to adhere to agreements

- ASUP speaks about grievances that prompted the latest strike action

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The Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP) has commenced an indefinite strike which takes effect from Tuesday, April 5.

According to Daily Trust, the union announced the commencement of the industrial action at a press briefing in Abuja on Tuesday morning.

Nigerian Polytechnic Lecturers Begin Indefinite Strike, Give Reasons
The minister of labour holding discussions with ASUU members. Photo: @fkeyamo
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Anderson Ezeibe, president of ASUP, said the sorry state of polytechnics, monotechnics and the expiration of the ultimatum issued since March 2020 prompted the strike.

According to him, members of the union have agreed to shut all the Nigerian polytechnics and monotechnics until their demands are met.

The Punch reported that Ezeibe accused both federal and state governments of failing to meet the union’s demands.

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He listed the lecturers’ grievances to include non-implementation of 2014 NEEDS Report and non-release of revitalization fund to the sector despite assurances since 2017.

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The ASUP president said:

''Our grievances also include the non-reconstitution of governing councils in federal polytechnics and many state-owned institutions leading to the disruption of governance and administrative processes in the institutions since May, 2020.''

Meanwhile, the federal government has been urged to end the dichotomy between degree and Higher National Diploma (HND) holders in the country.

Daily Trust reported that the appeal was made on Monday, March 22, by polytechnic rectors, lecturers, students, and other stakeholders in the education sector.

They made the disclosure during a public hearing on the bill to abolish discrimination between first B.Sc and HND holders for the purpose of employment.

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In other news, the federal government's Integrated Personnel and Payroll Information System is said to be having glitches.

This Day reported that the ASUP has cried out against the lapses inherent in the system and is threatening industrial action.

Already, the Yaba College of Technology, Yabatech chapter chairman, Remi Ajiboye, said salaries of members were being cut indiscriminately, citing an instance in which he was paid N4,000 as a monthly salary.


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