Lecturers issue 21-day ultimatum, threaten to shut down Nigerian polytechnics

The lecturers released a communiqué at the end of their meeting in Jos.

The Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics, ASUP, on Wednesday, issued a 21-day ultimatum to the Federal Government to address the issues raised by the union, including the continued delay in the re-negotiation of FGN/ASUP agreement, or have all the polytechnics nationwide shut for academic activities.

The group in a communiqué issued in Jos, at the end of the 73rd National Executive Council meeting, and signed by the union’s National Publicity Secretary, Clement Chairman, decried the delay in the review of the Polytechnic Act and the non-release of government white paper on the Visitation Panels to the Polytechnics.

The union warned that failure to address these issues could cause an industrial disharmony that may result in grave disadvantages for Nigerian polytechnics.

ASUP also faulted the non-implementation of the 65-year retirement age in some polytechnics and monotechnics, adding that the implementation of the reviewed Scheme of Service and CONTISS 15 as it affects the lower cadre were among the demands of the union.

The union also frowned at the rising state of insecurity in Nigeria, pardon for ex-convicts, the planned removal of fuel subsidy by the federal government, and the appointment of unqualified Rectors in some state-owned institutions.

The communiqué also called on government to direct the management of various institutions to immediately re-instate the wrongfully disengaged academic staff and henceforth desist from such acts. The lecturers also demanded that bureaucratic bottlenecks and discrimination associated with accessing TEF fund’s sponsorships and grants be reduced.

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