The lecturers at the Nigerian Institute of Leather Science Technology, NILEST, on Wednesday embarked on strike to demand full implementation of polytechnics scheme and condition of service as approved by the Federal Ministry of Science and Technology.
The main entrance of the institute was blocked by the protesting lecturers, members of the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics, ASUP
The ASUP Chairman for the chapter, Abdulkarim Muhammad, told journalists that the strike action was the 11th in the lecturers’ efforts at pressing for their demand.
Mr. Muhammad argued that NILEST in Zaria, Kaduna State, awards Ordinary National and Higher National Diplomas like other polytechnics in Nigeria; therefore, its lecturers should get benefits like their colleagues elsewhere.
He appealed to Federal Ministry of Science and Technology and the National Board of Technical Education (NBTE) to hasten the process of resolving the “lingering crisis especially the aspect of the migration in salary structure.”
The chairman also demanded proper funding of the institute to cater for training materials and ensure high productivity.
The institute is the only leather training school in sub-Saharan Africa, Mr, Muhammad stressed.
The protesting workers locked the main entrance of the institute carrying placards with different inscriptions.
Meanwhile, the management had announced the closure of the Institute since Monday, same day students were to commence their examinations.
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