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POLY LECTURERS THREATEN STRIKE OVER FAILED DEMANDS

The Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP) has threatened to shut down all polytechnics in Nigeria next week if the Federal Government fails to meet up with the union demands.

ASUP made gave the warning at its emergency congress on Thursday, held at the Abraham Adesanya Polytechnic, Ijebu Igbo, Ogun State.

The National Executive Council of ASUP had, in March at the end of its 102 NEC meeting in Yola, Adamawa State, issued a one-month ultimatum to the federal government.

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According to the union, the one-month ultimatum it gave to the government would lapse next week Wednesday, and asserted that the Federal Government must meet up with its demands before the expiration of the one-month ultimatum.

Speaking with newsmen, Yekini Asafe, the Zonal Coordinator, said ASUP had suspended its 61-day long industrial action on June 10, 2021, following the signing of a memorandum of understanding with the government.

According to him, some of the items under the union’s demands include; the non-release of the revitalization funds for the sector, non-release of arrears of the new minimum wage, and non-release of the reviewed nomination instruments for institutions and managements as well as programmes accreditation among others.

He added that the NEC meeting scheduled for Abuja on May 4 would make the decision on the strike.

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