The Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP) embarked on a strike since the 12th of December 2018. According to Comrade Abdullahi Yalwa, the union has done its best to get the attention of government to meet these demands met, some of which are not financial, but all the efforts have been treated with disdain.
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The Federal Government failed to release the N15bn revitalisation fund for the polytechnics promised in 2017.The National President of ASUP, Usman Dutse, stated this in an interview with our correspondent on Friday, noting that the government, in the 2009 agreement, had promised about N603bn to polytechnics but it was agreed in 2017, that due to paucity of funds N15bn should be released to show the government’s commitment.
The Union will meet with the Federal Government on the 10th of January to review negotiations, with hopes that there would be positive responses and commitment from the government.
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Also Dutse, said that some state governments were also culpable in owing salaries for several months to polytechnic lecturers, adding that the concerned states must pay the shortfalls before the strike would be suspended.
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