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Academic and other activities in three Delta State-owned polytechnics were paralysed yesterday.

Both academic and non-academic staff unions went on an indefinite strike.

The unions of the polytechnics – at Otefe-Oghara, Ogwashi-Uku and Ozoro, were protesting the alleged failure of the government and Ministry of Education to continue discussions on emoluments and conditions of service.

“As I am talking to you, exam activities that were supposed to start at Delta State Polytechnic, Ogwashi-Uku did not hold today.

“I can confirm to you that I am in Ozoro and there is no lecture. Workers stayed away in obedience to a directive to down tools till further notice. The situation is the same in Oghara,” a source at Ozoro told The Nation.

Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP), Senior Staff Association of Nigeria Polytechnics (SSANIP) and Non Academic Staff Union (NASU) members said the strike was to protest stalled negotiations with the government.

Thomas Ojuye, chairman of the joint unions, told reporters the government failed to revisit understanding reached at a meeting the Higher Education Commissioner, Mr. Jude Sinebe.

He decried government’s failure to begin “full implementation of the new revised scheme of services; stoppage of promotion from Consolidated Tertiary Institution Salary Scheme (CONTISS) 11 to 13; non-implementation of migration of technologists, executive and technical officers, instructors and confidential secretaries cadre on CONTISS 12 and above; migration of CONTISS 11 and below; stoppage of payment of promotion arrears; withdrawal of 65 years retirement policy; dismissal of chairmen of ASUP and NASU in Delta State Polytechnic, Ogwashi-Uku; and the law on the acquisition of PhD certificates as prerequisites for promotion to the post of chief lecturer.”

Ojuye advised members to remain steadfast and united as they addressed challenges facing the union.

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