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LASPOTECH Joins ASUP National Strike


Lagos State Polytechnic (LASPOTECH), chapter of the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP), has joined other chapters of the union on a one-week warning strike.

The Chairman of the union’s LASPOTECH chapter, Akinriola Ibitoye stated this Monday at a press briefing following a congress held with members.

The strike is expected to last till next Monday.

Ibitoye, who described the strike as ‘total’, said it strike was commenced following government’s failure to meet the union’s demands.

He added that stakeholders had evaluated the progress of polytechnic institutions in the country and how it affected the students.

The chairman also said the chapter had therefore set up a committee to monitor the institution’s campus for compliance.

“The main reason for the congress is to inform our members that there is a directive from the national body as to commencing the one-week warning strike. The reaction of our members was that we should join the strike and it should be a total strike.

“When we say strike, it is not a local strike but a national strike because all resolutions are important and in one way or the other, the resolutions affects all of us. As a matter of fact, some rare fundamentals like the dichotomy against HND holders compared to BSc holders and that alone is enough reason to why the strike must commence.”

Ibitoye also frowned at earlier statements that Lagos State Polytechnic Chapter of the union would not partake in the strike.

A recent statement signed by the ASUP National leader, Usman Dutse, stated that lecturers in the nation’s polytechnics had been mobilized for the strike stressing that “we will withdraw our services, both academic and administrative jobs.’’

Also among the union’s demands are the non-implementation of the NEEDS Assessment report since July 2014; sustained poor funding of Polytechnics, non-implementation and non-release of CONTISS 15 migration arrears; delay in review of the federal polytechnic act, among others.

  • Source – The Nation

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