Members of the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP) has commenced an indefinite strike in various polytechnics across the country over poor funding.
According to the leadership of the union, the move followed failure of Federal Government to address the sorry state of polytechnics and monotechnics in the country.
They also stated that the action is sequel to the expiration of the ultimatum issued to the Federal Government since March 2020.
Announcing the industrial action at a briefing in Abuja on Tuesday, the President of ASUP, Anderson Ezeibe, said with the development, all academic activities had been shut down in all polytechnics and like institutions nationwide with effect from 12am on April 6.
Ezeibe said the decision to withdraw services was reached at the Union’s 99th National Executive Council (NEC) in Katsina State a forth night ago.
According to him, the union’s demands were communicated to the ministries of education, labour and others as well as to state governors but nothing was done about them.
Ezeibe listed the lecturers’ grievances to include non-implementation of the 2014 NEEDS Report and non-release of revitalization fund to the sector despite assurances since 2017.
Other reasons for the action include continued victimisation of union officials, non-establishment of a commission to bridge regulatory gaps in the sector.
He added that the non-implementation of the approved 65 years retirement age by some state governments, claims of purported tax liabilities, and opaque operations in the deployment of the Integrated Personnel Payroll Information System (IPPIS).
He also listed non-release of arrears of promotion, renewed attempts to insert “offensive” provisions in the scheme of service and conditions of service, and alleged plans to force ASUP members in some monotechnics out of the union as their grievances.