STRIKE AGAIN: Polytechnics’ Lecturers Begin Indefinite Strike
Posted by Shola Akingboye 6th April, 2021
As the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) just called off a nine-month-old strike in January, the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP) has embarked on an indefinite strike with effect from Tuesday, April 6, 2021, having earlier issued a notice of strike over what it described as the refusal of the Federal Government to implement some of the agreements entered into with the union.
Anderson Ezeibe, ASUP president, who announced this at a press briefing in Abuja, said academic activities had been shut down in all polytechnics and like institutions nationwide.
Ezeibe had in March hinted that the union would embark on strike following what he described as the inability of the Federal Government to implement agreements reached with the union and the expiration of the ultimatum issued since March 2020.
According to him, the union’s demands were communicated to the Ministries of Education, Labour and others as well as to state governors, but nothing was done about them.
He listed the lecturers’ grievances to include non-implementation of the 2014 NEEDS Report and non-release of revitalization fund to the sector, despite assurances since 2017.
“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.
“This has also undermined the renegotiation of the union’s 2010 agreement with the government, which was unilaterally suspended by the government for over two years now,” he said.
Meanwhile, RegentAfrica Times had understood that the Nigeria’s Minister of education Adamu Adamu has invited the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP) to an emergency meeting following the union’s threat to embark on another round of strike.
The emergency meeting is scheduled to hold Tuesday, 6th of April 2021 at 11:00am in the ministry’s headquarters, Abuja.
According to a statement on Sunday signed by Ben Bem Goong, director, Press and Public Relations, the minister said the reason for the emergency meeting is to nip the strike in the bud.