ASUP begins nationwide strike December 12


The Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP) has declared that it would begin an indefinite strike from December 12.

ASUP National President Usman Dutse confirmed the plan on Wednesday in a phone interview with Premium Times.

The polytechnic lecturers will join their university colleagues who have been on strike for a month.

Mr Dutse said the federal government had failed to meet the demands of polytechnic lecturers.

The proposed strike, he said would be “total and indefinite,” adding that it further emphasises the resolution of the 93rd National Executive Council meeting reached at Yaba College of Technology, Lagos last week.

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

Prior to this impending strike, the union had on October 2 issued a 21-day ultimatum to the government before it extended it to November. But even then, it did not commence the strike.

Dutse also said that state governments and the National Assembly are not forthcoming in funding the education sector.

He said the bill meant to review the act on the establishment of polytechnics in the country was yet to be passed by the legislature.