Less than 12 hours after the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) extended their ongoing strike action by three months, its Polytechnics counterpart, the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics, (ASUP) announced its plan to launch a nationwide strike action from 11 May to begin. , 2022.
The action, according to the union, is based on the federal government’s failure to implement the Memorandum of Action (MoA) reached with the union in May 2021.
Mr Precious Nwakodo, the South D and Southeast Zone D zone coordinator, announced the planned action during a press conference held at the Federal Polytechnic, Auchi, Edo.
Nwakodo said the planned strike action depended on the demands yet to be met, including the non-release of the N15 billion Renewal Fund approved over a year for the sector to address infrastructure shortages as contained in the 2014 Needs Assessment Report.
According to him, “Following the government’s discouraging response to the one month notice of ultimatum that ended exactly five days ago, May 4, the NEC of the trade union will meet in Abuja in two days to review and review the situation. make a decision on the planned strike, ”.
While explaining that the federal and state governments have failed to start paying the arrears of 10 months of the new minimum wage after 3 years of signing the bill, Nwakodo said many states of the federation have not yet reached the new minimum wage in the various institutions.
He rejected the way in which the management of the Polytechnics and Ministry of Education continue to take actions that are clearly in conflict with the provisions of the law.
The Zone D Coordinator appealed to the federal and state governments to heed the wishes of the academic staff to avoid the planned strike action in the interest of the students and parents.