The Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP) has stated that the strike will proceed indefinitely before the Federal Government addresses its demands.
According to NAN, the ASUP National President, Mr Anderson Ezeibe, stated the union’s stance at an emergency congress held on Friday at the Federal Polytechnic, Auchi in Edo.
Ezeibe praised union officials for adhering to the strike directive, stating that it would proceed until the goals were met.
“Our members should continue to believe in the union the way they have been doing, we have very supportive members as you can see; the strike is in full swing.”
“Every polytechnic is observing the strike and compliance level is very high, we will continue to persevere, victory is around the corner.”
“It is true that the government has started doing something.”
“The one that has been done is the issue of governing councils that have been reconstituted and the visitation panels that have been set up.”
“Offers have been made for the payment of arrears of minimum wage and the N15 billion infrastructure revitalisation fund; they are still at the level of offer because the funds have not been released.”
“We want to see the funds released for the sector and we want to see some other items that require processes to be put in motion.”
“If we are able to get to that point, I am sure our national executive committee will take a second look at the strike,’’ he said.
On April 6, ASUP went on a nationwide boycott.
Implementation of the 2010 deal between the union and the Federal government on the payment of wages and arrears of the current minimum wage in certain state-owned polytechnics is one of the union’s demands.