The Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP) will embark on a nationwide strike action tomorrow, Wednesday, May 11, in protest against the non-implementation of the Memorandum of Action reached with the Federal Government in May 2021.
This was disclosed by Precious Nwakodo, the ASUP Zonal Coordinator of Zone D which comprises of South-South and South-East states at a press briefing held at Auchi Polytechnic in Auchi, Edo State, on Monday.
According to Nwakodo, the planned strike was hinged on the yet-to-be-met demands among which are; the non-release of the N15billion Revitalization Fund approved over a year for the sector to address infrastructural deficit as contained in the 2014 Needs Assessment Report.
“Following the discouraging response of the government to the one-month notice of ultimatum which ended five days ago, May 4, the NEC of the union will be meeting in two days’ time in Abuja to review the situation and make a decision on the planned strike,” he said.
Nwakodo explained that the federal and state governments had failed to commence payment of 10 months arrears of the new minimum wage after three years of signing the bill into law, stressing that many states of the federation were yet to implement the new minimum wage in the various institutions.
He called on federal and state governments to act to the yearnings of the academic staff to avoid a strike in the interest of the students and parents.