In an emergency meeting of its National Executive Council on Wednesday, May 11, The Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP) decide to embark on 2-week warning strike from Monday May 16.
Following the signing of a Memorandum of Action (MoA) with the government, ASUP which suspended its industrial action declared on the 6th of April 2021, on the 10th of June, 2021 said the strike became necessary over refusal of the federal government to meet their demand.
Anderson Ezeibe, President of the union, listed some of the demand to include release of the approved revitalization fund for the sector, approved N15bn, yet to be released 11 months after approval by the President.
A statement released by ASUP read;
“Non-release of arrears of the new minimum wage: The owed 10 months arrears for the Polytechnics is yet to be released. The composite amount covering all Federal Tertiary Institutions to the approximate figure of N19Bn currently exists as an AIE in the Accountant Generals Office.
“We are deploying this medium to equally appeal to members of the public to prevail on the government to do the needful within the two weeks period so as to avoid an indefinite shutdown of the sector.”