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.

ASUP To Begin Indefinite Strike On Monday

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The Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP) has announced its decision to embark on an indefinite strike with effect from Monday, November 13, 2017.

The decision was the outcome of the National Executive Council meeting of ASUP which held on Saturday at the Kaduna Polytechnic, Kaduna State.

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

The union 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.

ASUP President, Usman Dutse, and Zone A Coordinator, Kabiru Yunusa, briefed journalists shortly after the emergency meeting which lasted for several hours.

Mr Dutse, who noted that the union had given government sufficient time to implement all agreements, said they had no choice than to embark on an indefinite strike after the expiration of the 21-day ultimatum issued earlier.

According to him, some of the demands include non-implementation of the NEEDS Assessment Report and shortfalls in personnel releases and withdrawal of allowances.

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

“The tepid response of government to the nine items identified as having debilitating effects on the health of the sector led the union into declaring one week strike in February 2017,” Dutse said.

“The strike, which recorded a very impressive compliance level, had immediate gains in the reconstruction of the governing councils of all Federal Polytechnics, as well as the constitution, inauguration, and commencement of the renegotiation of the union’s 2010 agreement with the government.

“Comrades, the 89th meeting of NEC of our union issued a 21-day ultimatum effective October 9, 2017 to the government (after collation of results of referendum from chapters) to address these issues satisfactorily.

“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 added.

ASUP Strike Paralyses Academic Activities At MAPOLY

ASUP Strike Paralyses Academic Activities At MAPOLYThe ongoing warning strike by the members of the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP) has paralysed academic activities at the Moshood Abiola Polytechnic (MAPOLY) in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital.

Southwest Zonal Chairman of ASUP, Mr Olawale Olatunji, said that the union had resolved to embark on a warning strike at its emergency NEC meeting held on January 25.

He explained that the industrial action was to call the attention of the government to critical issues affecting polytechnics across Nigeria.

Mr Olatunji noted that the warning strike became imperative in view of the “unconcerned posture of the Federal Government” to issues raised towards revamping polytechnic education from imminent collapse.

“As it were, the union has been in negotiation with government on the situation in the polytechnic sector. Our agitations centred on the need not to allow polytechnic education head towards a state of collapse.

“Our agitations range from the need for the implementation of the ‘needs assessment’ that was done in 2014, victimisation of union leaders in our polytechnics (and) the release of whitepaper on the removal of the discrimination against HND holders; it is obvious the government is not being sincere about these issues.

“In July 2016, the union informed the government about its intention to down tool if those demands were not met, (but) the Minister of Education appealed.

“The union stepped down in November (while) another move was made and we gave the government up till the end of 2016 but when no action was taken, we have to resort to a warning strike to press home our demands,” the ASUP Zonal Chairman said.

ASUP Recommends Ways To Nigeria’s Economic Recovery

Agriculture-tomato-farmingKano state Deputy Governor, Professor Hafiz Abubakar has canvased the need for a paradigm shift in Nigeria’s agricultural policy and investment in order to achieve a desired result in the economic diversification efforts.

He made the call while declaring open the 13th national conference of the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP) holding in Kano.

Professor Abubakar said that for a long time Nigeria’s agricultural policy has been concentrating on promotion of production aspect, while ignoring other value chain of the sector.

“For Nigeria to fully harness its potential in agriculture, there should be holistic approach to promote agricultural value chains of production, processing and marketing,” he said.

Going by the UN prediction that in the next 35 years Nigeria will be the third most populous nation in the world, Hafiz challenged politicians to down play political mobilization and promote economic mobilization in view of the huge challenges facing the country.

He noted that the crisis of Fulani herdsmen and farmers in most parts of Nigeria is “without any doubt a product of population explosion which forced the migration of herdsmen to areas where the grazing routes are yet to be taken over by residential buildings”.

Meanwhile Rector of Kano State Polytechnic, Professor Mukhtar Kurawa said mobilisation for mass economic activities in the country is a necessity for all stakeholders.

He added that the future of Nigerians depends heavily on how well they commit their energy to addressing the economic challenges of the country.

“The theme of this year’s conference is on the diversification of the Nigerian economy amidst global economic crisis, the idea of which is to provide sustainable measures that will help restore the nation’s current recession, therefore at the end of the conference, we will provide a communique of our recommendations on economic bail out in the country”.

During this five day conference, leadership of ASUP will be engaging and receiving opinions from farmers, members of Kano business community and all other stakeholders on economic mobilization of the country.

Osun Polytechnic’s Union Chairman Sacked By State Government

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Governor of Osun State, Rauf Aregbesola

The Chairman of the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP), Osun State Polytechnic, Iree Chapter, Mr Dotun Omisore, has been disengaged from service by the Osun State government.

The General Secretary of the Union, Mr Oduwole Omotayo, was also suspended from service.

Part of the the state government’s decision contained in a letter was the reinstatement of some 20 workers of the institution who had earlier been disengaged by for one offence or the other.

Channels Televisions’ correspondent in Osun State, Bosede Sodiq, gathered that Mr Omisore and Mr Omotayo were disengaged and suspended following their refusal to respond to three different queries sent to them by the school’s management.

The said queries came on the heels of a petition sent to the National Board of Technical Education (NBTE) by the ASUP chairman and secretary, alleging that the management of Ospoly is running the school with incompetent staff members.

The school’s management had sent a query to both Mr Omisore and Mr Omotayo, but they allegedly refused to reply the query. The management also resent the query for the second and third time which the duo also allegedly failed to respond to.

It was learnt that Mr Omisore’s lawyer wrote the school’s management when the fourth query was sent to them.

A copy of Mr Omisore’s disengagement letter dated November 2, 2016 and signed by the registrar of the institution, Mr B.M. Salawu read: “Following the consideration of the reports of the visitation panels to the four state-owned tertiary institutions in the state, the state government of Osun has approved your disengagement from service of this institution with immediate effect in the interest of the state.

“You are to handover the institution’s property in your care to your head of department”.

When contacted, Mr Omisore confirmed his dismissal but refused to speak further on the matter on the ground that he would like to inform the national body of ASUP before taking any step on the matter.

The Ospoly’s management in an internal memo dated November 3, 2016, also announced the reinstatement of the 20 sacked workers of the institution.

The memo read: “Following the consideration of the reports of personnel audit by the state government of Osun that some members of staff should be reinstated to the service of Osun State Polytechnic, the entire community is hereby informed of the reinstatement of the following members of staff”.

The 20 reinstated workers were part of the workforce disengaged in the early barrier of the year 2016 on various levels of allegations.

ASUP Threatens To Begin Nationwide Strike On August 22

ASUP, Strike, PolytechnicsThe Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP) has announced plans to embark on a nationwide strike starting from August 22.

The union vowed to commence the industrial action, if the Federal Government fails to honour the agreement it reached with the union in 2013.

ASUP President, Mr Usman Dutse, disclosed this to reporters on Thursday at the end of a Zone A emergency meeting of the union in Kaduna State, northwest Nigeria.

He lamented that since the suspension of the protracted strike in 2014, the government is yet to address some of the core issues that necessitated the strike.

Mr Dutse urged the government to as a matter of urgency, address these issues in order to avoid another nationwide industrial action.

A communique read by the Zone A Coordinator of ASUP, Kabir Yunusa, noted that no significant progress has been made by government in resolving the issues.

The statement highlighted the issues to include the non-implementation of Needs Assessment Report of 2014, non-payment of salaries in many state-owned institutions, delay in the review of the Polytechnic Act and poor funding of polytechnics among other demands.

The ASUP President said that despite giving the government enough time when it came on board last year to settle down and address all pending issues, the present administration has showed no concern about the plight of lecturers, whose salaries were being reduced or owed in most federal and state polytechnics.

ASUP Threatens Strike Over Non-Implementation Of Agreement With FG

ASUP, agreementThe Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP) has threatened to embark on another round of industrial action should the federal government continue to ignore the agreement it reached with the union since 2012.

Speaking with journalists in Kaduna during a capacity building workshop for members of the union, ASUP President, Usman Dutse, lamented that several agreements the union and the federal government signed in 2012 were yet to be implemented.

He listed the agreements to include, non-implementation of CONTISS, poor state of polytechnics, under-funding of the sector, dichotomy between HND and bachelors’ degree holders and non-implementation of NEEDS assessment report on polytechnics, among others.

He noted that having given the present administration more than one year to settle down and address their demands, it seemed that the government is not serious in addressing the matter.

On his part, the Rector of Kaduna Polytechnic, Dr. Mohammed Ibrahim, appealed to the union to review its demands in the light of the current economic situation.

He also called for more funding of the polytechnic sector which he said is key to the technical and vocational advancement of the country.

The workshop themed “Administering Trade Unions in a Receding Economy” is aimed at sensitizing officials of ASUP across the country on how to pilot the affairs of the union on the various institutions with regards to the dwindling fortunes of the national economy and how they can collaborate with government to address some of the challenges in the sector.

Notwithstanding the situation, the polytechnic lecturers noted that a situation whereby many state-owned institutions owe their workers over seven months’ salaries and other allowances would no longer be acceptable.

The Minister of Labour and Productivity who was represented by a Director in the Ministry, Mohammed Yusuf, told the lecturers that the idea of shutting down campuses to press home their demands does not go well for the education sector.

Rather, he called for an effective synergy between the union and chief executives of institutions to address their demands.

Although the polytechnic lecturers say they are aware of the fact that the present government came to power about one year ago, but then they are of the believe that government is a continuum.

The issues between government and ASUP have lingered for years.

Osun Lecturers Suspend 7-Month Strike

OsunThe Osun State Government and lecturers in the four state-owned polytechnics and colleges of education have finally agreed to sheath their swords.

This agreement brought to an end the industrial action embarked upon by the Council of Academic Staff Unions of Osun State-Owned Tertiary Institutions (CASUOSTI) that has led to the closure of all the institutions for over seven months.

‎At the signing of the agreement at the Governor’s office in Osogbo, the Osun State capital, Secretary of the CASUOSTI, Olusegun Lana, said that the suspension of the strike followed government’s decision to accede to their demands as identified in the agreement signed.

He urged the state government not to renege on the agreement but ensure it is followed to the letter.

The Chief of Staff, Gboyega Oyetola, who represented Governor Rauf Aregbesola, appealed to the lecturers to build the required trust in the government to foster peace.

He said that it was never the wish of the government not to implement the agreement reached with the lecturers but for the paucity of the allocation which he said would soon be a thing of the past.

Osun Government Sues Lecturers To Industrial Court

osun stateOsun State Government has sued lecturers of the four state-owned Polytechnics and Colleges Of Education to the Industrial Court.

The state government stated that the body, under which the Lecturers operate, the Council Of Academic Staff Unions of Tertiary Institutions (CASUOSTI) is not registered.

The South West Zonal Chapter of the Academic Staff Unions of Polytechnics (ASUP ), however, said that the government over the years, had consulted with the body to take some decisions.

While rising from the Southwest Zonal meeting ‎held in Iree, Osun State, spokesperson for the ASUP, Biola Akinkugbe, said that the court summon served by the Osun State Government is only meant to intimidate the workers, who are demanding for payment of their nine months salaries and other deductions of their emoluments.

But in a swift reaction, counsel to the Osun State Government, Wale Afolabi, said that the government cannot continue to hold talks with the lecturers under the unregistered CASUOSTI, maintaining that the only option opened to the lecturers is to go back to work before any negotiation can commence.

Meanwhile, students of the four state-owned tertiary institutions in Osun State took to the streets protesting the nine months closure of their institutions on October 12.

The students trooped out in large numbers and embarked on a walk to the Osun State House of Assembly and the government secretariat to register their grievances. They also sought to know why the lecturers and the government were yet to resolve the crisis holding back the reopening of their schools.