Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP), has appealed to the Federal Government to do the needful within 30 working days to avoid another strike.
This was revealed in the memorandum released by the Union at the 102nd National Executives Council Meeting (NEC), held at the Federal Polytechnic, Mubi, Adamawa State, between the 28th of March and the 1st of April 2022.
The memorandum reminded the public of the Union’s suspension of the previous strike which lasted for 3 months, as a result of the consideration of appeals by Students and members of the public.
Critical aspects were also pointed out which consist of actions yet to be implemented like funds to address the decaying infrastructure in Polytechnics, non-release of arrears in the minimum wage for 10 months, the breach in appointments into principal positions, delay in appointment of rectors and other underlying issues.
Chairman of ASUP, Igbesa chapter, Mr. Gafar Oluwawsegun strongly advised against the establishment of more Polytechnics, if adequate funding is not given to the existing Polytechnics.
He also drew the attention of the Government towards expediting actions in the domestication of the reviewed Polytechnic of 2019.
Gafar also appealed in the areas of security, appealing to the Government to do more in this sector.
The Chairman appreciated the Rector of Ogun State Institute of Technology, (OGITECH), Igbesa, Engr. Dr. Mrs. Olufunke Akinkurolere, for her contributions towards the growth of the institute as well as for the Union. “Union-management relationship will definitely give assured stability in the Polytechnic Academic Education and also give assured undisputed academic calendar”. He added.
It was reported that ASUP’s National Executive Council will reconvene for decision making after one month, which will take effect from the 4th of April 2022.