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ASUP begin indefinite strike

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The Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP) on Tuesday started an indefinite strike over poor funding.

The association said its activity followed the disappointment of the Federal Government to address the sorry condition of polytechnics and monotechnics and the termination of the ultimatum it gave in March 2020.

Declaring the industrial action at a media briefing yesterday in Abuja, ASUP President Anderson Ezeibe said academic exercises had been closed appeared on the whole polytechnics and partnered organizations cross country with impact from 12 a.m on Tuesday.

Regardless of an emergency meeting yesterday with Minister of Education, Adamu, the ASUP President demanded that the strike would proceed.

Ezeibe said the decision to withdraw services was reached at the union’s 99th National Executive Council (NEC) in Katsina State a fortnight ago.

According to him, the union’s demands were communicated to the Federal ministries of Education, Labour and Employment as well as the governors without any positive response.

Ezeibe listed the lecturers’ grievances to include non-implementation of 2014 NEEDS Report and non-release of revitalisation fund to the sector despite assurances since 2017.

Others, he said, are alleged victimisation of union officials, non-establishment of a commission to bridge regulatory gaps in the sector, non-implementation of the approved 65 years as the retirement age by some state governments, claims of purported tax liabilities, and opaque operations in the deployment of the Integrated Personnel Payroll Information System (IPPIS).

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