ASUP goes on one week warning strike
The Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics on Sunday declared a
one week warning striking beginning from TODAY February
5th, 2017, lamenting that the federal government had remained adamant to
the plight of polytechnic education in the country.
ASUP’s South-South/South-East Coordinator, Dr. Chika Ogonwa,
who disclosed this to journalists in Asaba on Sunday on behalf of the
national body, said its members would embarked on an indefinite strike
if the outstanding issues confronting body were not resolved within one
week by the federal government.
Dr Ogonwa noted that the warning strike was ‘a fight’ aimed
at redeeming nation’s education from total collapse, expressed anger
over FG non-commencement of renegotiation of the ASUP/Government
agreement of 2010 on the review of the Federal Polytechnics Act.
The union had during its 86th meeting of the National
Executive Council in August 2016 shifted the strike to January 2017 to
give the current administration sufficient time to resolve the various
lingering disputes with the Federal Government.
He said, “Effective from today (Monday), the Academic Staff
Union of Polytechnics (ASUP) has lifted the ban on its deferred
industrial action against the near collapse of the sector in Nigeria.
The one week warning strike ends February 5th.
“President Muhammadu Buhari-led government is insensitive to
our plight. After this warning strike, the Federal Government will be
left with two options – either to close down the system or redeem it
from total collapse.”
Ogonwa decried why the Federal Government had refused to
implement the report of the NEEDS Assessment report, which as at July
2014, stated that public Polytechnics and Colleges of Technology in the
country requires the injection of N652,591,478.614 to function
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