The Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP) is set to
embark on an indefinite strike with effect from Monday,
November 13.
Addressing newsmen in Abuja Monday, after the union’s
emergency National Executive Council Meeting, ASUP
President Usman Dutse regretted the nonchalant manner
successive administrations had treated polytechnic
education in the country.
He said the union would sustain the strike until the
demands of the union are met or an implementable
memorandum of action was agreed on.
“Our union is constrained to lament that our sector is on the
verge of collapse and needs all the emergency attention it
urgently deserves.”
Issues ASUP want resolved include NEEDS Assessment for
federal and state polytechnics at N652, 591, 478, 614 billion,
Consolidated Tertiary Institution Salary Scale (CONTISS 15)
N20billion and short fall in salaries as at December 2016
N2, 637, 161,000billion and earned academic allowance N3,
Poor funding of public polytechnics as reflected in the
unimplemented capital grants, withdrawals of allowances
since 2016, shortfalls in personnel allocations as well as
non funding of promotion exercises;
Dichotomy against HND holders, victimization of union
officials, non release of check off dues, interference in union
activities, non release of CONTISS 15 migration arrears, non
release of visitation panel reports, delay in review of the
Federal Polytechnics Act, non commencement of
renegotiation of ASUP/FG agreement of 2010 and tardiness
in appointment of rectors of federal polytechnics.
The union therefore, appealed to well meaning Nigerians to
prevail on the government to do the needful and avoid the
looming total shutdown of the sector.

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