Polytechnic lecturers suspend strike

The Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics, ASUP has suspended its national strike action which started months ago.

The development was contained in a statement released on Wednesday by the union’s National Secretary, Abdullahi Yalwa.

According to Yalwa, the resolution was reached after the government commenced partial implementation of the items contained in the Memorandum of Action they signed.

ASUP had, in a nine-point demand, requested among others, implementation of a new salary scheme, revitalisation of polytechnics, the inauguration of the national commission for polytechnics, implementation of new national minimum wage and payment of arrears.

“The suspension is for a period of three months to enable the government to compile the execution of the items contained in the Memorandum of Action signed with the union since April 27, 2021,” Yelwa noted while giving an update on the strike action.

The union further noted that the Ministry of Education had reconstituted and inaugurated governing councils and visitation panels in Nigerian federal polytechnics. It added that members were also informed that the release of funds for infrastructure revitalisation and minimum wage arrears is currently being processed.

The union also cited the ongoing efforts at the review of the Scheme of Service and Conditions of Service for Polytechnics as well as the commencement of work towards resolution of the issues around CONTISS 15 migration arrears for the lower cadre.

The statement added, “We also acknowledge the recent passage of the bill for removal of the dichotomy against HND holders in the country.

“In reaching the decision to suspend the strike, our union took into cognizance the appeals made by the government, revered traditional stools in the country, members of the National Assembly, Chairmen of Governing Councils of Federal Polytechnics and indeed members of the public who showed varied interests in the matter.

“It is the expectation of our union that the suspension of this action will provide an enabling environment for the government to fulfil other aspects of the memorandum of action and afford the government an opportunity to reverse its trust deficit within our sector.

“We equally appreciate the different layers of intervention by critical stakeholder groups in the sector within the period.”

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