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Education Crisis: Why our strike may not end this year —ASUP

*Nigeria’s Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics declares its 2-week strike is meant to protest against the government’s ‘irresponsibility and lack of commitment to improving the education sector’

Isola Moses | ConsumerConnect

As current uncertainties in the Nigerian education system, especially in the public tertiary institutions linger, the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP) has stated that it is ready to embark on industrial action for the rest of 2022.

ConsumerConnect learnt Mr. Anderson Ezeibe, National President of ASUP, said this Tuesday, May 17, noting the academic union is prepared to go on strike for the rest of the year, if the Federal Government fails to meet its demands.

Ezeibe disclosed this while addressing members of the union at a meeting held at the Federal Polytechnic Ilaro, Ogun State.

The ASUP President lamented that, almost a year after the Federal Government signed a Memorandum of Action (MoA) with it, the government has failed to honour its agreements with the union.

Recall ASUP had declared a two-week warning strike after its recent emergency National Executive Council (NEC) over the authorities’ alleged failure to release the approved revitalisation fund for the sector, none release of 10 months arrears of the new minimum wage, and the none release of the reviewed normative instruments for institution/management and programmes accreditation, among others.

According to Ezeibe, the union had gone on a three months’ strike in 2021 in protest over the government’s refusal to meet their demands.

The two-week warning strike currently embarked on by members of the union is to signal the first layer of their protest against what he described as the irresponsibility and lack of commitment to improving the education sector.

He also hinted that, if by June 2022, when the NEC of the union would be meeting and the Federal Government has not met its demands, ASUP may call for an indefinite strike in Nigeria.

Ezeibe further urged the academic union members to be prepared for more strike actions.

He stated:  “The strike is not ending after two weeks; that is the point and the strike may not even end this year.”

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