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ASUU set for another showdown with FG, demands N1.1trn

The members of the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnic (ASUP) are set to join their academic counterparts of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) in the on-going strike.

ASUP has threatened to commence indefinite strike starting from December 12, days after the expiration of the21-day ultimatum it issued to the government.

The national president of the union, Usman Dutse, on Wednesday, explained that the looming strike was part of the resolutions reached at the union’s 93rd National Executive Council (NEC) meeting held at the Yaba College of Technology, Lagos last week.

Dutse pointed out Benue, Ogun, Osun, Edo and Kogi States as states heavily owing their staff.

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“Government has failed to implement and fulfil agreements it reached with the union as contained in the memorandum of understanding signed,” Dutse said.

“The institutions are not funded. The states are even worse because state governments just establish schools without actually funding those schools. So, no infrastructure is in place,” Dutse said.

“We have states that are owing about 14-month salaries. Some owe eight months. Benue, Ogun, Osun, Edo, Kogi are owing up to as long as 14 months,” Dutse said.

The union is protesting issues bothering on the passage of the bill to review the Act on the establishment of polytechnics in Nigeria by the National Assembly as well payment of accumulated salary and allowance.

ASUP last went on strike in November 2017. The strike lasted 15 days after prompt action by the federal government and the agreement to implement the recommendations of the 2014 NEEDS assessment.

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