ASUP Call Off Two Months Strike– Latest report reaching our news desk has it that the two-month-old industrial action embarks upon by the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics, ASUP has been call off on Tuesday.
This was made known to newsmen by the ASUP National Chairman, Usman Dutse, at a news conference in Abuja.
It would be recalled that Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics, ASUP on December 12, 2018 embarked on an indefinite nationwide strike because the Federal Government had failed to implement the 2009 and 2017 agreements it reached with the union.
Dutse also disclosed that the request for a revitalization fund of N15 billion had been made by the Minister Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu in lieu of the NEEDS assessment.
According to Dutse, the government has equally made a public pronouncement on the issue conveying the government’s approval for the release of the sum as requested.
According to Dutse: “We have decided to suspend our two-month-old strike; this decision was taken at the end of our National Executive Council (NEC) meeting.
“We shall not hesitate to resume the suspended strike should the government fail to review the Memorandum of Action (MoA) and ensure full implementation before the end of May 2019.
“This is in view of the progress made in the course of the union’s negotiations with the government.
“The NEC of the union, after exhaustive deliberations and in due consultations with the respective congresses across the nation resolved to suspend the current industrial action.
“This is based on the condition that government committed to reviewing the Memorandum of Action to concretize the resolutions and ensure its full implementation by end of May 2019, failing which the union shall resume the action at its discretion.”
“It is expected that the funds shall be made available for disbursement to deserving institutions by April 2019.
“Equally, the approval of the NEEDS assessment report shall be pursued with all diligence to ensure a sustained and effective intervention in the infrastructure and other needs of our institutions,” he added.
The union president also said on the issue of salary shortfall, promotion arrears and allowances that N16.7 billion has been released.
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