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ASUP threatens to embark on strike

The Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP) has threatened to embark on a one week national strike over alleged failure of the Federal Government to implement the agreement it reached with the union recently.

ASUP National Publicity Secretary, Mr Chris Nkoro said the decision was taken during the 94th National Executive Council (NEC) meeting of the union, held from Monday to Friday at the Shehu Idris College of Health Science and Technology, Makarfi, Kaduna State.

Mr Nkoro did not however say when the planned strike would commence.

“The union views the persistent lethargic disposition of the Federal government and its agencies towards re-negotiation of FGN/ASUP agreement as a ploy to cripple the system and perpetuate suffering on members.

“The NEC urges the federal government to without further delay, commence the re-negotiation process.

ASUP National Publicity Secretary said that the conditions in State Polytechnics/ Monotechnics in terms of delay in payment of salaries, arrears of promotions, and other infractions were still sources of grave concern to the NEC.

He said these situations still prevail in Abia, Kogi, Imo, Osun, Oyo, Benue, Nasarawa, Niger, Ekiti, Ondo and Zamfara.

Mr Nkoro therefore said that NEC had reiterated the firm invocation of the “no salary, no accreditation” policy on the institutions concerned and further urged that all cases of victimization should be adequately redressed immediately.

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