Polytechnic lecturers in the country under the aegis of Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics, ASUP, have given notice to go on strike from August 22, 2016, should the Federal Government fail to honour the agreement it reached with the union in 2014.
This was contained in a communiqué read yesterday by ASUP coordinator for Zone A, Comrade Kabir Yunusa, at the end of an emergency meeting on the state of the union and other issues between it and the Federal Government in Kaduna State.
It would be recalled that the union in May 2013 embarked on an indefinite strike action that was called off after nine months, following the intervention of well-meaning Nigerians.
The communiqué highlighted the issues to include the non-implementation of Needs Assessment Report of 2014, non-payment of salaries in many state-owned institutions, delay in the review of the Polytechnic Act and poor funding of polytechnics among other demands.
Comrade Yunusa, however, lamented that two years after the suspension of the industrial action, no significant progress had been made in resolving the issues in dispute.
“We are equally saddened that our expectations, heightened by the promises of a new administration in the country, seems to have been misplaced as there is no indication that the government is set to reposition the sector”, he said.
The ASUP coordinator slammed the federal government for its nonchalant attitude towards the plight of the lecturers, whose salaries were being reduced or owed in most federal and state polytechnics.