ALL POLYTECHNICS WILL REMAIN SHUT UNTIL FG ADDRESSES ALL OUR DEMANDS – ASUP

The Academic Staff Union Of Polytechnics
(ASUP) has vowed to continue its strike
pending when the federal government
engages them to resolve their grievances.

In a statement on Friday by ASUP President,
Anderson Ezeibe, the union said that it
commenced the industrial action on April 6 to
draw the attention of the government to the
deplorable state of public polytechnics and
monotechnics in the country.

“This is with a view to a reversal of the
fortunes of the institutions and placing them
on a strong pedestal towards meeting their
obligations to the Nigerian people.

“We are determined to pursue this position to
a logical conclusion for the benefit of the
sector, the nation and in favour of the rule of
law.

“While holding our position in the trenches of
this ongoing engagement, we shall sustain
the current engagements with the
government particularly in furthering and
establishing the gains of the engagements of
the 6th and 14th of April 2021. Details of
these shall also be made known to the public
at the appropriate time,” he said.

Ezeibe said the industrial action, currently in
its 10th day, has witnessed strong
compliance levels by chapters of our union
across the nation.

He said that the workers’ action has led to
some knee jerk reactions from the
government both at the federal and state
levels.

He said the union had been involved in two
out of three scheduled meetings with the
federal government as represented by top
officials of the Federal Ministry of Education
as well as Labour and Employment on the 6th
and 14th of April, 2021.

According to him, the third meeting
scheduled for April 15 was postponed to a
later date.

Ezeibe further explained that the meetings
held on the 6th and 14th of April, 2021 has
resulted to some significant outcomes.

He said the union will continue to press for
appropriate documentations and for process-
led actions and practical steps for those
demands requiring immediate action.

However, Ezeibe regretted that just as the
industrial action was on, government
appointed new Governing Councils for all
Federal Polytechnics to be inaugurated on
the 20th of April, 2021.

He said the union is disappointed with the
recent appointment of unqualified persons
as Rectors in five out of the six new federal
polytechnics in the country.

According to him, the union viewed the
appointments as illegal as the beneficiaries
fell short of the prequalifying criteria for such
appointment as stipulated by law.

Similarly, he said that visitation panels have
also been inaugurated for the federal
polytechnics, despite the strong reservations
by the union over the composition of the
panels, among other issues.

He however said that the union hopes that
the outcomes of the panels shall mark a
departure from the previous practices of non-
release of reports.

“We have equally witnessed the recent
appointment of a substantive executive
secretary of the regulatory body for the
sector.

“Reports from some state governments,
notably Kano, Katsina and Osun indicate
ongoing and productive engagements as it
affects issues of unpaid salaries, lack of
governing councils and non-implementation
of new minimum wage among others
peculiar to the affected states,” he said.

In conclusion, Another sets of polytechnic
have joined the nationwide strike today and
the union has vowed that they won’t resume
work no matter the circumstances. Newsupdates247
learnt that there has not been any productive
Meeting between the federal government and
ASUP therefore the strike continues till
further notice. There has not been any date
yet for another meeting.

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