ASUP Strike Update Today: Academic activities in the nation’s polytechnics have been grounded following industrial action by the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP).
Lecturers in the polytechnic system on Monday began a two-week warning strike in federal and state polytechnics to press home the implementation of their demands.
At Yaba College of Technology (YABATECH), academic staff stayed away from the lecture halls in compliance with the National Council Executive (NEC) for the two weeks industrial action.
ASUP YABATECH chairman, Mr. Monday Ojo, told our Correspondent that members complied with NEC directive and did not report for work.
Ojo disclosed that YABATECH management was notified of the strike on Friday, May 13 after the branch congress meeting.
He said during the strike, no academic activities including Academic Board meeting should hold in any public polytechnics.
“Academic board meeting is not supposed to hold within this period. Despite the branch notification to the college management, an academic board has been scheduled for today in violation of the strike, ‘’ he stated. According to him, the branch has written to the college management to kick against the academic board meeting holding.
Reports from federal and state polytechnics indicate ASUP members complied with the directive and did not attend classes even as their students waited in the classrooms.
For polytechnics in session, students who were not aware of the strike waited and left after been informed of the ongoing strike.
Ojo listed ASUP demands to include non-release of N15billion revitalization fund approved by President Muhammedu Buhari in 2022, scheme of service, non-implementation of 2010 FG/ASUP agreement, IPPIS with indiscriminate payment of staff salaries.
He said other outstanding issues are non-remittance of 3rd party dues, discriminatory policy in appointment of rectors, ten months minimum wage arrears and appointment of unqualified rectors in newly established federal polytechnics.
Speaking on appointment, Ojo said there are three policies in existence on appointment of rectors, one from the Federal Ministry of Education with it guidelines, which says applicants must have PhD, National Board for Technical Education (NBTE) insist applicants must have 22 years experience while the Polytechnic Act 2019 stipulates chief lecturers should have five years experience to apply for the job.
He added: “The three policies are conflicting and generating ripples in the polytechnic system. The FME and NBTE document is conflicting to the amended Polytechnic Act 2019. Some polytechnics have concluded the process for appointment of rectors, yet they have no rectors.”
Jigawa poly shuts down academic activities
The Federal Polytechnic Kazaure, Jigawa, chapter of the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP) has shut down all its academic activities for two weeks.
Chairman, Dr Abdul’azeez Ibrahim Badaru stated this in a press statement issued to NGNEWS247.
ASUP had called off its industrial action on June 10th 2021 based on agreements it reached with the Federal Government.
NGNEWS247 reported that ASUP had asked its members to be ready to stop work at any time if the Federal Government failed on its promises.
Part of the agreement includes the release of N15 billion for the revitalisation of polytechnics and monotechnics and payment of the arrears of minimum wage, the inauguration of the governing council and the pay as you earned liability issue.
However, the National Executive Council (NEC) of ASUP had on Wednesday, May 11, 2022, decided to embark on two weeks warning strike effective from today over the Federal Government’s inability to fulfil its promises.
Badaru said the decision is In line with the National Executive council NEC directives.
He, therefore, called on all stakeholders and well-meaning citizens to support the union’s demands so that people in authority will do the needful.
Badaru also urged parents and students to exercise patience as the strike action remains the only option left for the union.