Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP) has declared strike action today, Tuesday, 6th April 2021 after a meeting with the Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu. The Strike action is said to be a move to press home the demand for the implementation of a new salary scheme, as well as better working conditions for polytechnic lecturers .
Leader of the Union, Mr Anderson Ezeibe said during an interview on ChannelsTV afternoon News Track, that his colleagues were shutting schools nationwide because of the government’s failure to implement the needs assessment report of public polytechnics and colleges of education which the government carried out in 2014.
He said unfulfilled agreements, Unpaid salary backlogs, ‘victimisation’ of lecturers, are among the reasons members of ASUP are going on strike. Other reasons for the strike action include the union demanding payment of promotion allowances owed lecturers by some state governments.
National President of ASUP, Anderson Ezeibe while insisting that strike will go on, however, noted that the union will be open for dialogue with the Federal Government to resolve the issues raised.
Story: Ene Ken-Yawe