Count us out of ASUP strike, IMT Enugu, Ibadan Poly, Kano Poly others pull out

The leadership of the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP) has commenced an indefinite strike. Anderson Ezeibe, president of the union, announced this at a press briefing in Abuja on Tuesday morning.

He said members of the union have agreed to shut all the Nigerian Polytechnics and monotechnics until their demands are met.

This is coming despite the federal government’s move to avert strike action in Polytechnics.

It was earlier reported that the Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, had Monday evening, invited the ASUP for an emergency meeting following the threat to embark on another round of strike.

But Ezeibe, at the briefing, said the resolution of members of the union to shut down all Polytechnics across the country is now enforced effectively from 12:00 am of 6th April.

For the avoidance of doubt, the following demands were communicated to the government through the Ministries of Education; as well as Labour and Employment and indeed other ministries where our members offer services through various monotechnics.”

ASUP listed one of their demands as non-implementation of NEEDS Assessment report of 2014 in the sector nor release of any revitalization fund to the sector despite assurances since 2017.

Meanwhile, Lecturers at The Polytechnic, Ibadan, Polytechnic, Kano and Institute of Management and Technology IMT Enugu have shunned the nationwide industrial action embarked upon the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics.

Count us out of ASUP strike, IMT Enugu, Ibadan Poly, Kano Poly others pull out

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Lecturers at the polytechnic mentioned above, however, said that they were not part of the ongoing nationwide industrial action called by the national body of ASUP.

A NAN correspondent, who visited the Polytechnic, observed that normal academic activities were going on, with students seen in their various classes receiving lectures.

The situation remained the same in Institute of Management and Technology IMT Enugu, despite the fact that the institution just concluded its second semester examination, all offices are open for various academy activities, Matter Arising correspondent reports.

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