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FG engages ASUP over strike

Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu(left) with Anderson U. Ezeibe, President of Academic Staff Union of Polytechnic (right), at an emergency meeting today in Abuja to stop ASUP’s strike, which started today

The Federal Government has promised to address the issues that led to the ongoing strike by the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnic, ASUP.

The Minister of Education Mallam Adamu Adamu at a meeting with ASUP executives in Abuja said some of the issues had already being resolved.

The Academic Staff Union of Polytechnic, ASUP had embarked on an indefinite industrial action beginning from this morning over what they described as refusal of government to address its demands.

ASUP President, Comrade Anderson Ezeibe explained that the union declared the strike over the sorry state of public polytechnics, monotechnics as well the general decay in the polytechnic subsector.

He expressed displeasure that the Federal Government has not responded to series of letters written over the matter since the expiration of the union’s ultimatum issued since March 2020.

Comrade Ezeibe listed the twelve-points demands of the union to include non-release of the 10 months arrears of minimum wage owed members in Federal Polytechnics and non-implementation of same in several states own institutions, non-reconstitution of governing councils leading to disruption of administrative processes in polytechnics since May 2020 and victimization of officials of the union in some states own polytechnics.

The Minster of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu said some of the issues were already being resolved, stressing that president Muhammadu Buhari had approved the constitution of governing councils for Polytechnics and it will be inaugurated soon.

Answering questions from journalists after the meeting with the Minister, ASUP President Comrade Comrade Anderson Ezeibe said the strike will continue until their demands were met.

He reaffirmed the commitment of the Union to dialogue with the Federal Government.

He appealed to Members of the public to show understanding and support efforts of the union towards salvaging the polytechnic subsector from total collapse.

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