ASUP Embarks on Nationwide Indefinite Strike

Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP) leadership has declared the start of an indefinite strike.

The union’s President, Anderson Ezeibe, made the announcement at a press conference in Abuja on Tuesday morning.

Members of the union have decided to close all Nigerian polytechnics before their demands are met, according to him.

This is amid the federal government’s efforts to prevent Polytechnic strike action.

Announcing this at a press briefing in Abuja on Tuesday, the ASUP President, Anderson Ezeibe, said academic activities had been shut shown in all polytechnics and like institutions nationwide with effect from 12am, April 6.

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.

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Ezeibe listed the lecturers’ grievances to include non-implementation of 2014 NEEDS Report and non-release of revitalization fund to the sector despite assurances since 2017.

He said, “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.”

Source: Daily times

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