On Tuesday, academic activities in the Polytechnics and Monotechnics are grounded as Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP) embarks on indefinite strike.
The strike comes as a result of wages and revitalisation money that was said not to be released by the authorities.
The Polytechnics lecturer vetted out their emotions as they said the reason for embarking on the strike is that government does not treat them well.
Some of these of which they claim to go on strike are: about non implementation of the NEEDS Assessment Report for 2014, non release of revitalisation money.
Non release of 10 months arrears of minimum wage even though Presidency gave the order for payment since 2019.
Non payment of salaries for some state owned institutions that owes the staff up to 5-24 month salary. States such as Abia, Ogun, Osun, Edo, Benue and Plateau.
Non implementation of the 65 years retirement age by some state government like Kano and the appointment of unqualified persons as Rector of the Polytechnics in some states.
The Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu plans to hold emergency meeting with the leadership of ASUP before they announce the strike.
However, it is unclear how long the strike will last but the effect of this action will be felt by tens of thousands of students in regards to time they ought to graduate.
Meanwhile, ASUP reiterates that the institutions will remain closed till the government meet their demands.
ASUP president Anderson Ezeibe speaking with the press men said “ although the major long ten problems are on ground.
“However there are some urgent matters that the federal government needs to pay attention to, that will make ASUP function and this is the reconstitution of governing councils.
ASUP also wants the federal government to ₦4bn funds which is the difference in what the staff collected before the approved new minimum wage as at 2019, and what they receive now.
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