ASUP Suspends Strike, Asks Members To Resume Monday

A photo combination of the ASUP emblem and the union’s leaders at a press conference in Abuja.

 

The Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP) has suspended its two-week warning strike and asked members of the union to resume duties next month. 

This was contained in a statement issued on Saturday by the National Publicity Secretary of the union Abdullahi Yalwa.

“The two weeks definite strike of the Union will be rounding off on the 29th of May, 2022 as agreed by the emergency meeting of NEC.

“Consequently, the Union is requesting members to resume duties effective 30th of May, 2022 while hoping that government will take advantage of the window to address the 5 outstanding items,” he said in the statement.

“Further directives/ updates shall be released after the 103rd meeting of NEC which is scheduled to hold in the month of June 2022 during which the situation shall be reviewed.”

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The union said the move followed “the significant inroads were made in four (4) of the items in our list of demands” which include payment of areas of the new minimum wage among others.

However, ASUP said there are four more outstanding issues yet to be addressed by the government. This includes the release of the approved N15Bn revitalization fund for the sector.

“This issue is still stuck in the Federal Ministry of Finance with a promise of follow-up action by the Education Ministry,” the statement added.

Others, the union’s statement noted, are the release of arrears of CONTISS 15 migration for the lower cadre; the release of the Scheme of Service and Conditions of Service; continued delay in the appointment of substantive Rectors for Federal Polytechnics in Mubi, Offa, and Kaduna, and the resolution of issues with members in Colleges of Agriculture.

ASUP Threatens To Shut Down All Polytechnics

The Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP) on Thursday threatened to shut down all Polytechnics across the country if the Federal Government fails to meet up with its demands within the next one month.

The ASUP President Comrade Anderson Ezeibe made the threat while addressing Journalists at the end of the Union’s 102 National Executive Council meeting in Yola the Adamawa State capital where members of the Union displayed placards with various inscriptions to drive home their demands.

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“Following exhaustive deliberations on the issues raised above, the 102nd of the unions National Executive Council has resolved to give the Federal Government a further one month as an ultimatum to address the outstanding issues.

“Our union’s National Executive Council shall be reconvening after the one month period which takes effect from 4th April 2022, for further decisions on this subject,” the ASUP President said.

According to him, ASUP had suspended its 61-day long industrial action on June 10, 2021, following the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding with the government.

But due to the failure of the government to meet their demands, the union said it is set to resume the suspended industrial strike action but will reconvene in a month’s time to make that decision.

Items under the union’s demands include; the non-release of the revitalisation funds for the sector, non-release of arrears of the new minimum wage, and non-release of the reviewed nomination instruments for institutions and Managements as well as programmes accreditation among others.

Polytechnic Lecturers Suspend 65-Day-Old Strike

The Academic Staff Union Of Polytechnics (ASUP) has suspended its 65-day-old strike.

The decision to suspend the strike followed an appraisal of the report indicating the gradual implementation of the items contained in the Memorandum of Action signed between the Union and the Federal Government.

According to a statement issued on Wednesday by the National Publicity Secretary, Abdullahi Yalwa, the suspension of the strike will take effect from June 10.

“The suspension is for a period of three months to enable the government complete the execution of the items contained in the Memorandum of Action signed with the Union since 27th April 2021,” the statement read.

It added: “as part of the efforts communicated by the Federal Ministry of Education, certain items have been fulfilled like the reconstitution and inauguration of governing councils and visitation panels in Nigerian Federal Polytechnics while we are led to believe that the release of funds for infrastructure revitalization and minimum wage arrears is currently being processed.

“Other items include the ongoing efforts at the review of the Scheme of Service and Conditions of Service for Polytechnics as well as the commencement of work towards resolution of the issues around CONTISS 15 migration arrears for the lower cadre. We also acknowledge the recent passage of the Bill for removal of the dichotomy against HND holders in the country”.

In reaching the decision to suspend the strike, the union said it took into cognizance the appeals made by the government, revered traditional stools in the country, members of the National Assembly, Chairmen of Governing Councils of Federal Polytechnics and members of the public who showed varied interests in the matter.

“It is the expectation of our Union that the suspension of this action will provide an enabling environment for the government to fulfill other aspects of the Memorandum of Action and afford the government an opportunity to reverse its trust deficit within our sector.

“We equally appreciate the different layers of intervention by critical stakeholder groups in the sector within the period,” Abdullahi Yalwa said.

Despite FG’s ₦15bn Offer, ASUP Vows To Continue Strike

National President of ASUP, Anderson Ezeibe insists that the union’s proposed strike must commence till all demands are met by the Federal Government.

 

The Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP) has vowed to continue with its nationwide industrial action despite a ₦15bn offered by the Federal Government.

ASUP had commenced strike on April 6 declared a strike, demanding the implementation of a new salary scheme for polytechnic lecturers.

ASUP had explained that its decision to the down tool was to draw the attention of the government to the nine basic needs of the union, adding that the need to release the 10 months in arrears of the new minimum wage owed its members in Federal Polytechnics and the implementation of same in the several States yet to implement the new minimum wage.

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But briefing journalists on Friday in Abuja, ASUP’s President, Anderson Ezeibe, said the strike will still continue.

“Our union received offers from the government during the meetings for the release of an infrastructural revitalisation fund of ₦15billion for the sector and this is in lieu of the NEEDS Assessment report of 2014,” he said.

“Following the considerations of the offers as presented, the National Executive Council of our union yesterday resolved to sustain the strike action until the unresolved details in the offer as presented are sorted out in the meetings expected in the coming days.”

Speaking further, Ezeibe said two out of three scheduled meetings with the Federal Government have held and some of the demands met, including the release of ten months’ salaries arrears for members among others.

The demands met include the reconstitution and inauguration of the governing council of all federal polytechnics which were dissolved in 2020.

ASUP’s president explained that the strike will only be suspended after seeing the actual implementation of some of those offers by the FG.

ASUP Faults FG Over Appointment Of Rectors For 6 New Polytechnics

Members of ASUP discuss plans regarding their proposed strike action.

 

The striking Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP) has faulted the Federal Government over the appointment of reactors and principal officers for the six newly established polytechnics in the country.

The union has also demanded an immediate withdrawal of the appointment of the Rectors by the Federal government.

ASUP in a statement it issued on Sunday, signed by its President, Anderson Ezeibe said the appointment of the rectors violates provisions of the Federal Polytechnics (Amendment) Act, 2019, as captured in Section 8, 2 (a).

The 6 new Federal Polytechnics according to the statement are Federal Polytechnics Ohodo (Enugu), Ugep (Cross River), Shendam (Plateau), Monguno (Borno), and Wannune (Benue).

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ASUP said a rundown of the profiles of the beneficiaries shows that 5 out of the 6 persons do not fit into the requirements of the law for the appointment of Rectors in Federal Polytechnics in the country.

“It is regrettable that the government, through officials of the Federal Ministry of Education has become principal violators of the laws governing the operations of Nigerian Polytechnics.

“This latest assault is despite the contents of a recent ruling of the National Industrial Court in Abuja where the provisions of the Federal Polytechnics (Amendment) Act, 2019 was affirmed by the court and the Federal Ministry of Education and her officials undertaking to observe the provisions in totality,” ASUP said.

Citing the judgment of a court in NICN/ABJ/12/2020 involving ASUP and the Attorney General of the Federation, Minister for Education, and 5 others in a similar issue, the union said it had drawn the attention of the Federal Ministry of Education on the need to adhere to the provisions of the law in the appointment process more than 1 month before the announcement of the appointment.

ASUP also threatened to escalate its current industrial action as a result of the action of the federal government.

According to ASUP, “This unfortunate development however underlines the essence of our union’s current engagement with the government as we are determined to reverse this ugly trend of administering Nigerian Polytechnics outside extant laws and regulations. With this latest development, the Nigerian public should hold the government responsible for any escalation of our union’s current industrial action towards a protracted crisis.”

ASUP declared a nationwide strike on the 6th of April, 2021 over the non-implementation of the new salary scheme for polytechnic lecturers, nonpayment of salaries by some state governments to polytechnic staff, alleged wrongful termination of the appointment of some of its members among other issues.

Polytechnic Lecturers Begin Strike Over New Salary Scheme

National President of ASUP, Anderson Ezeibe insists that the union’s proposed strike must commence till all demands are met by the Federal Government.

 

Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP) has declared a strike, demanding the implementation of a new salary scheme for polytechnic lecturers.

According to the union, the industrial action kicks off on Tuesday, April 6th.

ASUP leaders made the strike declaration today after a meeting with Federal Government officials in Abuja.

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Asides from the new salary scheme, the union is also demanding payment of salaries and promotion allowances owed lecturers by some state governments.

National President of ASUP, Anderson Ezeibe while insisting that strike will go on, however, noted that the union will be open for dialogue with the Federal Government to resolve the issues raised.

ASUP Threatens Industrial Action Across Nigeria

Members of ASUP discuss planned strike

 

The Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP), has threatened to embark on an industrial action across the country and also withdraw services of its members.

The planned strike is scheduled to commence on April 6, 2021.

The National President of the union, Mr. Anderson Ezeibe made the disclosure in Katsina during a press briefing on the status of the labor issues between the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics and the Government.

 

According to the union’s National President, Anderson Ezeibe, the strike is meant to draw the attention of the government to the nine basic needs of the union.

He said the need to release the 10 months in arrears of the new minimum wage owed its members in Federal Polytechnics and the implementation of same in the several States yet to implement the new minimum wage.

He added that the Union’s decision follows the successful completion of the ASUP 99th National Executive Council Meeting held at the Hassan Usman Katsina Polytechnic, Katsina.

2. Other needs of the Union include implementation of the contents of the Needs Assessment Report of 2014 in public Polytechnics and like institutions.

3. Reconstitute governing councils in all Federal Polytechnics and in state-owned Polytechnics where such is yet to be constituted.

4. Release owed Staff salaries in Abia, Ogun, Osun, Benue, Plateau, Edo, and the Cross River States and implement full salary payments in Sokoto, Kaduna, Adamawa, and other institutions with such reports.

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5. Release of promotion arrears in Federal Polytechnics and payment of same as well as annual increments in Adamawa, Plateau, and other states with similar cases.

6. Withdrawal of the letter containing spurious, incoherent, and unsubstantiated claims of PAYE tax liabilities in 19 Federal Polytechnics.

7. Ensure full implementation of the provisions of the Federal Polytechnics Act as well as its domestication in Adamawa, Kano, Sokoto, Abia, Niger, and other states affected.

8. Stop attempts at forcing the ASUP members in colleges of Agriculture out of the union.

9. And lastly implement the 65 years retirement age for academic Staff in state-owned institutions like in Kano, Kaduna, and other state institutions in the country.

By this resolution, the members are requested to prepare a full-scale showdown until their demands are met and this culture of neglect of the Sector reversed.

COVID-19: ASUP Suspends Planned Indefinite Strike

ASUP Leaders Meet, Declare Indefinite Strike From Wednesday

 

 

The Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics, ASUP, has suspended  its planned indefinite strike, billed to begin on Monday, April 6 after a fifteen-day notice which expired on Friday, April 3, 2020

A statement signed by ASUP’s President Anderson Ezeibe states that the lecturers’ decision to suspend the strike was borne out of the current national emergency occasioned by the outbreak of the Coronavirus pandemic.

ASUP was poised to begin industrial action in protest of government’s inability to honour an agreement entered into with it since 2010.

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The union also highlighted other key aspects of the dispute with the government, which include; avoidable shortcomings in the deployment of the integrated payroll and personnel information system, IPPIS payment platform in Polytechnics in February 2020 salaries against the union’s understandings with the responsible agency of government.

The non-payment of salaries in some state-owned institutions in the country with some states owing to the lecturers as much as 17 months in salaries.

And the continued victimization of ASUP officials in some institutions as well as Nonrelease of the agreed revitalization fund in lieu of the anticipated implementation of the NEEDS Assessment survey report for public Polytechnics since 2014

Other areas of dispute are the nonconclusion of the renegotiation of the union’s 2010 agreement with the government and the violations of extant provisions of the Polytechnics Act (2019 Amendment) by governing councils of some Polytechnics

The ASUP statement stressed that government through its agencies has remained insensitive to these and many other issues over the years and has continued to demonstrate such attitude as seen in the delay in the release of March 2020 salaries of the academic staff of polytechnics, by so doing has encouraged the declaration of this impending strike action by the union.

ASUP Strike: Union Accuses FG Of Failing To Address Demands

ASUP National President, Usman Dutse, addresses a press conference in Abuja on December 15, 2018.

 

The leadership of the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP) has criticised the Federal Government for allegedly paying lip service to their demands.

According to the union, this is why it decided to embark on a nationwide industrial action on December 12.

ASUP National President, Usman Dutse, gave the explanation on Saturday while giving an update on the press conference in Abuja, the nation’s capital.

He noted that the government has failed to implement any of the agreements reached since 2010, even though the lecturers have suspended their strike at different stages of agitation.

The ASUP President said, “It has become pertinent to once more bring to the fore the issues in contention while tracing a recent history of our engagement with government.

“A recap of this includes a recap of the2010 Federal Government-ASUP agreement, 2014 Memorandum of Settlement, and 2017 Memorandum of Action.”

“All these documents and agreement signing with government, none of them has been implemented by the government,” he stated.

Mr Dutse vowed that the ongoing industrial action would be followed to a logical conclusion.

He, however, called for understanding on the part of students and parents who have children in polytechnics, saying the decision was to improve the system.

The ASUP President also asked Nigerians to prevail on the government to address the issues raised by the union and save the polytechnic sector from collapse.

He urged members of the union to remain steadfast in their pursuit to ensure that their demands were met by the government.

The polytechnic lecturers had embarked on a nationwide industrial action on Wednesday to protest among other things, the non-payment of members’ salaries in some states, as well as discrimination against members and graduates from polytechnics.

ASUP Leaders Meet, Declare Indefinite Strike From Wednesday

ASUP Leaders Meet, Declare Indefinite Strike From Wednesday

 

The Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP) has announced its decision to embark on an indefinite strike with effect from Wednesday, December 12.

ASUP National Treasurer, Suleiman Usman, said this while briefing reporters shortly after the union’s National Executive Council meeting on Friday in Kaduna State.

He said the decision was taken at the end of the meeting which lasted for several hours at the Kaduna Polytechnic.

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Usman explained that the planned industrial action followed the failure of the Federal Government to implement all the agreements it entered with the union since 2016.

He alleged that despite the 21-day ultimatum issued by ASUP to the government to address some of the issues it had raised over time, the government has been nonchalant in addressing the demands for improved funding of polytechnic education in the country.

The ASUP treasurer noted that the union had given government sufficient time to implement all agreements, stressing that they have no choice than to embark on an indefinite strike.

According to him, this is coming on the heels of the expiration of the 21-day ultimatum issued after the union’s NEC meeting which held on October 2.

Some of the demands, Usman said, include non-implementation of the NEEDS Assessment Report and shortfalls in personnel releases, as well as the withdrawal of allowances and persistent shortfalls in personnel releases to polytechnics.

The other issues are the sacking of union leaders and delay in assenting to the amendment of the Polytechnic Act, among other demands.

The union has directed all its members across the country to proceed on an indefinite strike starting from 12:00am on Wednesday next week.

15 Days After, ASUP Suspends Nationwide Strike

ASUP Suspends Nationwide Strike

The Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP) has suspended its nationwide strike 15 days after the industrial action began.

National President of ASUP, Mr Usman Duste, announced this on Wednesday during the union’s 14th National Delegates Conference at the Abubakar Tatari Ali Polytechnic, Bauchi state.

He said the decision to suspend the strike followed the series of meetings held between the leadership of the union and the Federal Government.

According to him, both parties agreed to a Memorandum of Settlement and Action (MoS) on each of the issues raised by the union.

“The union considered the suspension to give an opportunity for implementation of the content of Memorandum of Settlement and Action, and shall be reviewed according to the timelines outlined in the MoS,” Duste said.

The decision to commence an indefinite strike was the outcome of the National Executive Council meeting of ASUP which held on November 11 at the Kaduna Polytechnic, Kaduna State.

According to the union, the industrial action followed the failure of the Federal Government to implement all the agreements it entered with them since 2016.

Some of the demands included non-implementation of the NEEDS Assessment Report and shortfalls in personnel releases and withdrawal of allowances.

Others were non-passage of the amended bill of the Polytechnic Act, alleged infractions in the appointment of rectors, as well as improving the conditions of state-owned institutions among other issues.

The union had lamented that despite the long period given to the government to address some of the issues it had raised, government did not consider it necessary to address the demands for improved funding of polytechnic education in the country.

Dutse had also told reporters after the Council meeting that ASUP had given government sufficient time to implement all the agreements, saying they had no choice than to embark on an indefinite strike after the expiration of the 21-day ultimatum issued earlier.

“On October 24, a reconciliation meeting was convened by the Federal Ministry of Labour in Abuja. The ministry in the eye of the storm, the Federal Ministry of Education, was poorly represented that no memorandum of action was agreed on.

“This clearly shows the level of disdain and disrespect with which the issues of the sector are being handled by the relevant agencies. In view of the above, our union resolved in its emergency meeting of NEC on October 31, 2017 to commence an indefinite and comprehensive strike effective from November 13, 2017,” he had said.

ASUP Strike: FG Lacks Political Will To Address Issues – Dutse

The President of the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics, Mr Usman Dutse on Tuesday accused the Federal Government of lacking the commitment and political will in addressing issues affecting the nation’s Education sector.

He made this known during a telephone interview on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily.

Mr Dutse’s comments come barely 24 hours after the union embarked on an indefinite strike following the grievances it has with the FG.

“Our major problem in Nigeria is not the issue of the solution to the problem. The major problem is the commitment and the political will to address some of these issues,” he said while lamenting the govt’s attitude in dealing with issues.

The ASUP leader advised the government to visit the national archive for some solutions confronting the ministry.

He added, “There are series of results and reports that are in the archive of govt of which if they use and implement them effectively, there will be significant solutions to our problems in Nigeria.

“This retreat is not the first of its kind; there have been series of retreats, conferences and workshop on how to address the problems of education in Nigeria.”

The union boss had while regretting the industrial action it had embarked upon criticised the FG for failing to keep up with the agreement reached last year.

Although Dutse admitted that the Minister of Labour, Mr Chris Ngige held a meeting with his people earlier, he, however, berated Ngige for not keeping to his promises.

“The Minister of Labour mediated and called for a meeting with the union. At the end of the meeting, we resolved that a Memorandum of Action (MoA) is going to be signed between the union and the govt.

“They promised to provide this memo the next 24 hours after the meeting, of which we waited after a week for the MoA to be released, it wasn’t released. That made our members lose confidence in the govt that if they could not provide MoA within the time they promised, then how sure are we that the agreement reached will be fully implemented,” he questioned.