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Polytechnic lecturers commence five day warning strike

This is to protest the government’s refusal to honour its agreement with the union and fund the polytechnic sector.
ASUP
National President Comrade Usman Dutse said the union’s one month
ultimatum to the government expired in December 2016 without any visible
sign of the government willingness to meet the union’s demands.
This leaves them with no choice than to embark on a warning strike, according to Dutse.
In
a statement distributed to journalists after an emergency National
Executive Council meeting of the union in Abuja, ASUP said despite its
magnanimity, the government failed to address the issues raised by the
union.
The union had earlier given the
government an ultimatum in July 2016, but decide to stay action on their
proposed strike because of appeal from the government and renewed the
ultimatum in November 2016.
The issues raised by the union are
1. The non implementation of the NEEDS assessment reports
2. Poor funding of public polytechnics
4. Deliberate attempt to frustrate the resolution of the meeting of the council on establishment in July 2016
5. Victimisation of union members
6. Interference in union activities.
7. Non release of CONTISS 15 migration arrears
8. Non release of visitation panel reports of federal polytechnic
9. Non release of ministerial panel to federal
polytechnic in Auchi, Oko, Yaba and Ado Ekiti, delay in the review of
the federal polytechnic act
10. Non
commencement of renegotiation of ASUP/government agreement of 2010 and
government’s tardiness in the appointment of rectors of federal
polytechnics.
Dutse also revealed that there
was no attempt by the federal government to improve the funding of
public polytechnics in the country as the 2017 budget currently before
the National Assembly does not have any provision to that effect.
He
said further that there were attempts to frustrate the decision taken
at the National Council on Establishment held in Minna in 2016 directing
the removal of the age long entry level dichotomy against HND holders,
while no further step has been taken on the issue.
He
also accused the government of not showing any interest in amending the
Federal Polytechnic Act, adding that the bill amending the act
currently before the National Assembly was the effort of a private
member.

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