ASUP Strike Latest: The Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP) has disclosed that it will still go ahead with the planned nationwide strike tomorrow December 12th, 2018. This was made known by the National President of the union, Usman Dutse,during an interview with newsmen in Lagos. Mr Dutse said the strike became necessary following the failure of the federal government to implement the 2009 and 2017 agreements reached with the union.
According to him, we are commencing our strike tomorrow as scheduled. Everything is set and there is no going back. He mentioned that there is an invitation for a meeting on December 17, but the union will still commence the strike on Wednesday.
Earlier: The Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP) has declared that it would begin an indefinite strike from December 12. This implies that the polytechnic lecturers will join their university colleagues who have been on strike for a month now.
The National President of ASUP, Usman Dutse, said the federal government had failed to meet the demands of the polytechnic lecturers which borders on need for increased funding of polytechnics.
ASUP had earlier in October 2 issued a 21-day ultimatum to the government before it extended it to November. But even then, it did not commence the strike.
Mr Dutse also said the roles of state government and the National Assembly is not encouraging when it comes to funding the education sector.
He said the bill meant to review the act on the establishment of polytechnics in the country was yet to be passed by the National Assembly. He said the union was hoping that the strike would also help fast-track its passage.
“The institutions are not funded. The states are even worse because state governments just establish schools without actually funding those schools. So, no infrastructure is in place,” he added.
“We have states that are owing about 14 month salaries. Some owe eight months. Benue, Ogun, Osun, Edo, Kogi are owing up to as long as 14 months,” he said.
The ASUP President stated that the proposed strike would be “total and indefinite”