team are not layabout. We bring to our esteem Nigerian Polytechnics Students 13 reasons Why the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics, ASUP embarked on an indefinite Strike.

It is a 10-month-old strike already and the federal government is yet to grant the desires of the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnic, ASUP, Countless meetings have been sat for where technical issues and other modalities of ending the strike were been discussed, despite that, the strike still crawls on.

The bottom line of the strike is, there was an agreement between the federal government and Academic Staff Union of Polytechnic, ASUP, in 2001, which was reviewed later in 2009.
However, the of government failed to keep up with its side of the bargain hence a re-negotiation was called for in 2012 which gave birth to accumulated challenges confronting the polytechnics.

Here are the critical challenges facing the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnic as listed by National Publicity Secretary, Clement Chairman during the meeting with the federal government on February, 2012.

1. The need for a re-constitution of the Governing Councils of Federal Polytechnics which were dissolved in 2010.

2. The Migration of the lower cadres on the CONTISS 15 salary scale. Government had approved the migration in 2009 and had actually begun its implementation for the senior cadres with strong assurances that those of the lower cadres would follow without delay.

3. The release of the White Paper on the Visitations to Federal Polytechnics.

4. The need for the commencement of the Needs Assessment of Nigerian Polytechnics.

5. The worrisome state of state-owned polytechnics in the country. The argument to government here hitched on the rot and comatose state of most state polytechnics.

6. The continued appointment of unqualified persons as Rectors and Provosts of Polytechnics, Monotechnics and Colleges of Technologies by some by state governments.

7. The refusal of most State governments to implement the approved salary packages (CONPCASS) for their Polytechnics, Monotechnics and Colleges of Technologies and the 65 year retirement age even though both states and federal polytechnics are regulated by the National Board for Technical Education, NBTE, and they operate the same scheme of service.

8. The insistence of the office of the Accountant General of the Federation to include Federal Polytechnics in the IPPIS module as against the Union’s protestations while other arms of the tertiary education sub-sector are allowed to maintain the status quo.

9. The dichotomy between university and polytechnic graduates in job placements and career progression. The argument in this regard is anchored on the fact that graduates from these sectors should be measured on the strength of their competence on job delivery and not the environment that produces them.

10. The continued recognition of the NBTE as the regulatory body of Nigerian Polytechnics as against the union’s repeated call for the establishment of a National Polytechnics Commission, NPC. The strength of the argument here is relevant as the universities and colleges of education are regulated by the National Universities Commission, NUC, and the National Commission for Colleges of Education, NCCE, respectively.

11. The snail speed pace of the review of the Federal Polytechnics Act at the National Assembly.

12. The reluctance of the Office of the Head of Service to approve the Revised Scheme of Service for Polytechnics.

13. The non-commencement of the re-negotiation of the FGN/ASUP agreement as contained in the signed agreement.

A one month warning strike was embarked upon by ASUP in December, 2013 but government showed no concern. Although, ASUP had more reasons to continue with the strike, they decided to call off the strike and give the federal government more time to respond to its demands but government
failed again.

Hence, the union issued another 21-day ultimatum on March 25, 2013 which expired on April 22, 2013 and was followed by the declaration of a one week warning strike which dovetailed into an indefinite strike beginning from Monday 29 April, 2013.

After all warning by ASUP fell on deaf hears of the federal government, the union finally embarked on another indefinite strike from October 4, 2013 till date.

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