The Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics has demanded a minimum of 2.23% of N823 billion from Federal Government before the four weeks old strike can be called off.
The industrial action which has crippled the academic activities in the nation’s public polytechnics has been neglected by the Federal Government and ASUP has said until the Federal Government yielded to their demands the industrial action will continue.
Federal government has promised to inject a total of N823 billion into the public polytechnic education nationwide since 2018.
The N19 billion, according to ASUP, comprises N15 billion revitalisation funds and N4 billion to offset their accumulated arrears on minimum wage.
The National President of ASUP, Dr Anderson Ezeibe, gave this position, in an exclusive interview with Nigerian Tribune.
Mr. Chairman reiterated that, ASUP original plan as regards this current strike wasn’t to stay on the industrial action for long as this, but for government insensitivity and insincerity on the issue has made the strike this long.
“ASUP is not making a fresh demand but only refreshed the old ones and then asked the government to meet a very small fraction of it as immediate. So, we are not asking for something impossible. The government will need to inject the N19 billion into the system without further delay. It is for the good of polytechnic education and Nigeria’s economy” He said.
In addition, ASUP noted that, polytechnic education is designed to produce skilful and highly technical manpower for the economy, ASUP boss, however, appealed to students and parents and the lovers of a good education to see the strike as a sacrifice for better tomorrow.
Dr. Anderson reemphasized that the Union will sustain the five weeks old strike until FG meets their demand.