The Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP) has stated that it will embark on a nationwide strike from August 22, 2016 as a result of the Federal Government refusal to honor its agreement with it. ASUP President, Mr Usman Dutse, who disclosed this on Thursday at the end of the Zone A emergency meeting of the union in Kaduna State, northwest Nigeria, said the union will commence the industrial action, if the Federal Government fails to honour the agreement it reached with it in 2013.
He said that since the suspension of the protracted strike in 2014, the government is yet to address some of the core issues that necessitated the strike. Dutse urged the government to as a matter of urgency, address these issues in order to avoid another nationwide industrial action.
A communique read by the Zone A Coordinator of ASUP, Kabir Yunusa, noted that no significant progress has been made by government in resolving the issues. The statement highlighted the issues to include the non-implementation of Needs Assessment Report of 2014, non-payment of salaries in many state-owned institutions, delay in the review of the Polytechnic Act and poor funding of polytechnics among other demands.
The ASUP President said that despite giving the government enough time when it came on board last year to settle down and address all pending issues, the present administration has showed no concern about the plight of lecturers, whose salaries were being reduced or owed in most federal and state polytechnics.