The Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics ( ASUP ) made the decision to embark on an indefinite strike action with effect from Monday, November 13, 2017 to press for the implementation of its agreement with government from the emergency meeting of its national executive council.They added that the government are nonchalant about polytechnic education.
National President of ASUP, Comrade Usman Y. Dutse also accused the government of using die-hard verification exercises as a strategy to delay the payment of entitlements of members of the union .They underscored that while the union is not against government carrying out verification exercises, it should not endless and the exercise should not be used to deny workers of their entitlements.
Dutse said “Curiously, the ministry in eye of the storm (The Federal Ministry of Education) was so poorly represented that no memorandum of action was agreed upon. This clearly showed the level of disdain and disrespect with which issues of the polytechnic sector are being handled by relevant agencies of government.In view of the above, our union rising from this emergency meeting hereby resolved to commence an indefinite and comprehensive strike action effective 13th November, 2017. This action shall be sustained until our demands are met or an implementable memorandum of action is agreed upon by our union and relevant agencies of government.
We therefore call on well meaning Nigerians and indeed the public to prevail on the government to do the needful and avoid this imminent shutdown of the sector on an indefinite basis.”