Polytechnic lecturers declare 7-day warning strike


Academic Staff Union of Polytechnic (ASUP) has declared a 7-day warning strike nationwide beginning from Monday.

In a communiqué at the end of an emergency National Executive Council (NEC) meeting of ASUP held in Abuja,  the union warned that the warning strike will snowball into full blown industrial action if by the end of the period the Federal Government failed to address the its  grievances.

The communiqué, which was signed by the union’s National Publicity Secretary, Mr. Clement Chirman, ASUP and obtained by our correspondent in Jos on Thursday, said that it has unresolved issues with the government,,which must be addressed.

The communiqué listed the grievances to include the non constitution of governing councils for Polytechnics, Monotechnics, and Colleges of Technology; non release of government white paper of the visitation panels to the federal polytechnics; and non commencement of the NEED Assessments of the Nigerian polytechnics.

It also listed other grievances as what the members described as the worrisome states of the State Governments’ owned Polytechnics, Monotechnics, and Colleges of Technology; the continued appointment of unqualified persons as rectors  and provosts  by some State Governments in their schools. and the failure of most State Governments to implement the approved salary package (CONPCASS) and 65 year retirement age in their members.

The union said it is also worried by the insistence of the office of the Accountant General of the Federation on the implementation of the IPPIS module in the Polytechnic sector; the continued delay in the amendment of the Polytechnics’ Act;  the continued appointment of principal on acting positions in some polytechnics,  monotechnics  and colleges  of technology beyond the approved periods; the review of the Polytechnics’ scheme of service; and the non commencement of the re-negotiation of the Federal Government/ASUP agreement as contained in the signed agreement.

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