Polytechnic Lecturers give FG 21 Days Strike Notice
Posted: 13/Oct/2017

Lecturers from Polytechnics across the country under the auspices of Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP) have issued a 21 days strike notice to Preident Buhari-led Federal government over
issues bedevilling the coun­try’s polytechnics education.

The Union in a letter ad­dressed to the minister of La­bour and Employment, Chris Ngige frowned at what they de­scribed as neglect of the poly­technic sector by the federal government.

The letter signed by ASUP president, Usman Dutse and also contained a communiqué issued at the end of the Unions NEC held in Abia state remind­ed the federal government that the union withdrew the servic­es of its members in a one week warning strike in February, 2017 over same issues.

He stated that after a meeting between ASUP and the Minis­ter of Education on the 22nd of August, 2017, the Union had expected the government to make progress on some of the issues raised.
He said, the minister had at the meeting, assured the union that within one month, the is­sues presented by the union would have been addressed.

The letter reads partly, “A re­view of the progress made after six weeks of the meeting is as shown below:
Non Implementation of the Report of the NEEDS ASSESS­MENT survey of Polytechnics: 

The Honorable Minister of Education had directed a re­view of the report in line with inflationary trends before the transmission of the document to the Federal Executive Coun­cil for approval. While the re­view process has commenced, there is no indication towards the movement of the docu­ment to the Federal Executive Council for necessary action.

“Sustained shortfalls in per­sonnel releases and withdrawal of allowances since December, 2015: The Honorable Minister of Education had reiterated his earlier directive (in Au­gust, 2016) for institutions to continue to pay the allowances until such is captured in the budget.

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