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Polytechnic lecturers set to embark on two-week-strike

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The Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics has indicated its plan to embark on a two-week-strike starting from May 16.

In a statement issued on Wednesday, ASUP said it took the decision after an emergency National Executive Council meeting.

According to the statement signed by its National President, Anderson Ezeibe, the Federal Government has yet to meet its demands.

ASUP suspended its industrial action declared on April 6, 2021 and June 10, 2021 following the signing of a Memorandum of Action with the government.

The signed MoA contained a clear path to a sustainable resolution of the issues in dispute with timelines attached to each of the items in dispute.

Part of the demand includes the non-release of the approved revitalisation fund for the sector months after approval by the President.

The statement read that “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 N19 billion currently exists as an AIE in the Accountant General’s 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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