By: Olajide Toriola
Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP), on Tuesday said it supported the strike embarked upon by Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).
The union in a statement by its Secretary General, Anderson Ezeibe, noted that the strike was aimed at restoring sanity to Nigerian universities and the education sector.
It also urged government to commence the implementation of agreements entered into with ASUP to forestall an impending crisis in polytechnics.
The union lamented that it had become a norm for government to renege on agreements entered into with trade unions, particularly in the education sector.
It said failure of government to implement agreements frustrated unions and left them with no choice but to go on strike.
The group said that it was concerned about the consequences of the strike on students, parents and society at large.
It urged government to address the issue of shortfall in personnel releases in federal institutions since December 2015, non-payment of salaries in state polytechnics, non-implementation of Needs Assessment report and non-payment of allowances.
“ASUP notes the renewal of hostilities on the country’s university campuses between ASUU and government of Nigeria.
“While we are in unconditional solidarity with ASUU in this struggle to restore sanity to Nigerian universities, we are calling on the government to commence without further delay the implementation of agreements entered into with ASUP to forestall an impending crisis in the polytechnic sub-sector.”