YABATECH to join ASUP strike -Official

The Yaba College of Technology, Lagos State, said it would join the upcoming two-week warning strike by the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics.

The institution said it was in line with its academic union’s resolution.

The strike is set to begin on May 16, reports The PUNCH.

YABATECH Deputy Registrar Joe Ejiofor told NAN on Saturday that it was not a lone decision by the college to discontinue academic activities.

According to him, the management of the institution has no control over the decision of ASUP which YABATECH happens to be a chapter under.

“ASUP has instructed all its divisions to launch a two-week warning strike, from 16 May, and the YABATECH division is complying with the industrial strike of the national body.

“For a better understanding, it is not a decision of YABATECH as an institution that is discontinuing or closing academic activities, but ASUP division of the College.

However, as a responsible and responsive management that is passionate about the general future of our students, we will continue to appeal to College ASUP Chapter.

“It must take into account the interests of students, who in most cases appear to be the biggest victims of strikes whenever there are such crises in our institutions,” he added.

Meanwhile, Public Relations Officer, ASUP YABATECH Chapter, Mr Olagoke Oluwafemi, said the body had an emergency congress on Friday.

Olufemi said, “At the end of our emergency congress, we decided to close all academic activities on campus, effective from Monday, May 16, 13, 2022.

“The national body has given us the mandate and as a chapter we fully support the strike call made by the national leadership of the trade union.”

According to him, ASUP suspended its industrial action declared on 6 April 2021, on 10 June 2021, following the signing of a Memorandum of Action (MoA) with the government.

“The signed MoA contains a clear path to a sustainable resolution of the issues in dispute with timelines attached to each of the items in dispute.

“Part of the demand is for the release of the approved revival fund for the sector, approved N15 billion that still has to be released 11 months after approval by the President.

“Non-release of arrears of the new minimum wage, the due 10 months arrears for the Polytechnics has yet to be released.
“The compound amount that covers all Federal Tertiary Institutions up to the approximate figure of N19 billion currently exists as an AIE in the Accountant – General’s office.”

(NAN)

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