ASUP holds solidarity meeting, says strike continues

ASUP holds solidarity meeting, says strike continues

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The national leadership of the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP) has began consultation meeting with union leaders across Nigeria.

The national leadership of ASUP declared an indefinite strike on April 6, 2021 over poor working conditions, and other sundry issues that affect the development of Education in Nigeria.

On Thursday, the union leaders at the Auchi Polytechnic, vowed to continue the indefinite strike until their demands are meant by the government.

National President of Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP), Mr. Anderson Ezeibe disclosed this at the Auchi Polytechnic, Edo State.

He told reporters that his visit to public Polytechnics in the Country for sensitization and the level of compliance and encourage them to shun all forms of threats and intimidation.

Ezeibe said the strike has yielded some positive responses from the federal government, following the by appointment and inauguration of the Governing Councils for Polytechnics across the Country as well as setting up of visitation panels by the government.

He however demanded the restatement of some dismissed members of the Union and the payment of N15 billion revitalization fund from the government to bridge infrastructural gap in polytechnics and payment of allowances among others which are still pending.

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He also also expressed concern over the appointment of unqualified Rectors for Polytechnics against the polytechnic’s Act, explaining that to be qualify for the post of a Rector, such a person must be a Chief lecturer with at least minimum of five years in any of the polytechnics.

The ASUP President, further denied the alleged N20 billion collectively owned by 19 Polytechnics staff as tax liability, stressing that such money have already been deducted through pay as you earn (PAYE) and paid to State Internal Revenue where they exist.

He vowed that the union would resist any attempt by relevant authority to deduct such money again from staff and urged union members to take their assignments seriously.

On his part, the Chairman of ASUP, Auchi Polytechnic Chapter, Mr. Lawani Jimoh, reassured the commitment of its members in the institution to continue the strike.

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