ASUP strike: Polytechnic lecturers to meet FG January 10


The Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP) has said it would meet with the Federal Government negotiation team on January 10.

ASUP national president Usman Dutse told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Thursday in Lagos that the new date was communicated to the union.

Mr Dutse said the meeting became necessary because the last meeting held on December 17 in Abuja was inconclusive.

He said that the union would continue with its strike until they were satisfied with the offer from the government.

The ASUP president said the report presented by the government during the last meeting was not acceptable to the union.

“We are meeting with the Federal Government representatives on January 10 to continue with our discussion.

“The last meeting we had with the government was inconclusive.

“We met with the government representatives and we discussed issues on the previous agreements at the last meeting, but government was not sincere.

“We demanded that more things should be done because what they presented was not acceptable.

“We told them that we were not satisfied with the report they gave us.

“Another meeting has been fixed for Jan 10,” Dutse said.

He urged the federal government to pay more attention to polytechnic education and prioritise the sector in 2019.

Polytechnic teachers began an indefinite strike on December 12 over non-implementation of several agreements by the federal government.

The demands of the striking union include implementation of NEEDS assessment report, payment of CONTISS 15 arrears, implementation of scheme of service, non-payment of salaries in state-owned institutions, and victimisation of members, among others.

The strike has crippled academic activities in many polytechnics across the country.