ASUP gives FG 14 days ultimatum as it threatens to embark on an indefinite strike if demands are not met

The Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP) has given the Federal Government a fourteen-day ultimatum threatening to embark on an indefinite strike if its demands are not met.


This comes following an emergency meeting of the National Executive Council of ASUP.


The union resolved that its members would begin an indefinite strike if the federal government fails to meet its seven-point demand within the next two weeks.


The union listed the immediate release of N15 billion revitalization funds for polytechnics approved by president Muhammad Buhari eleven months ago, as one of their major demands.


Others include the immediate release of arrears of the new minimum wage owed to polytechnic staff.


The union also urged the federal government to address the issue of non-release of the scheme of service for polytechnics, approved in 2017.


They are also asking for the immediate compliance and Implementation of the approved retirement age and new salary structure for polytechnic staff.


The union urged members of the public to prevail on the federal government to do the needful by meeting the demands within the time frame given by the union. It added that this would go a long way in averting the ongoing plans to shut down academic activities in Polytechnics across the country.

ASUP declares two weeks warning strike

The Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP) will commence a 2-week warning strike from Monday May 16. 


The decision was taken at an emergency meeting of its National Executive Council on Wednesday May 11. 


ASUP which suspended its industrial action declared on the 6th of April 2021 on the 10th of June, 2021 following the signing of a Memorandum of Action (MoA) with the government, said the strike became necessary over refusal of the federal government to meet their demand. 


President of the union, Anderson Ezeibe 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.”


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