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Abatan Samuel
, Nigeria.
Today Monday, January 30th, Lecturers in Nigerian polytechnics, under the suppports of the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP) commenced a one-week industrial action to protest the Federal Government’s failure to honour its agreement with ASUP and fund the polytechnic sector.
In a report released after an emergency National Executive Council meeting of the union which was held in Abuja, Usman Yusuf Dutse, the ASUP President, said the union’s one month ultimatum to the FG elapsed in December 2016 [1 monh ago] without any sign of government willingness to meet their demands.
Usman Dutse asup pres
Usman Yusuf Dutse, the ASUP President
He said
despite the magnanimity of the union, the government failed to address the issues raised by the union, which include the non implementation of the NEEDS assessment reports, poor funding of public polytechnics, deliberate attempt to frustrate the resolution of the meeting of the council on establishment in July 2016 and victimisation of union members as well as interference in union activities.Other issues include Non release of CONTISS 15 migration arrears, non release of visitation panel reports of federal polytechnic as well as non release of ministerial panel to federal polytechnic a in Auchi, Oko, Yaba and Ado Ekiti, delay in the review of the federal polytechnic act, non commencement of renegotiation of ASUP/government agreement of 2010 and government’s tardiness in the appointment of Rectors of Federal polytechnics.

The union leader expressed that there was no attempt by the government to improve the funding of public polytechnics in the country as the 2017 budget presently before the National Assembly does not have any provision to that effect at all.
He concluded that all these factors left them with no choice other than to embark on the 1-week warning strike which was started today.

Read more: www.schoolupdates.com.ng/2017/01/ASUP-One-Week-Strike-January-2017.html

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