ASUP to Declare Nationwide Strike Wednesday

The Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP) has announced its decision to embark on an indefinite strike with effect from Wednesday, December 12.

ASUP National Treasurer, Suleiman Usman, disclosed this while briefing reporters shortly after the union’s National Executive Council meeting on Friday at the Kaduna Polytechnic.

Usman explained that the planned industrial action followed the failure of the Federal Government to implement all the agreements it entered with the union since 2016.

He alleged that despite the21-day ultimatum issued by ASUP to the government to address some of the issues it had raised over time, the government has been nonchalant in addressing the demands for improved funding of polytechnic education in the country.

Some of the union’s demands, according to Usman, include non-implementation of the NEEDS Assessment Report and shortfalls in personnel releases, as well as the withdrawal of allowances and persistent shortfalls in personnel releases to polytechnics.

Other issues are the sacking of union leaders and delay in assenting to the amendment of the Polytechnic Act,among other demands.

The union has directed all its members across the country to proceed on an indefinite strike starting from12:00am on Wednesday next week.

The imminent strike by ASUP will bring tertiary education in the country to a halt as the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, is also on strike over the same issue of funding.

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