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ASUP Calls Off Industrial Strike Action After Two Months

The Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics, ASUP, on Tuesday called off its two month old industrial action.
ASUP National Chairman, Usman Dutse, announced this at a news conference held in Abuja today.

According to Usman Dutse, the request for a revitalization fund of N15billion has been made by the Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu in lieu of the NEEDS assessment. He also revealed that the government has equally made a public pronouncement on the issue conveying the government’s approval for the release of the sum as requested.

He further stated: “We have decided to suspend our two month old strike; this decision was taken at the end of our National Executive Council (NEC) meeting.

“We shall not hesitate to resume the suspended strike should government fail to review the Memorandum of Action (MoA) and ensure full implementation before end of May 2019.

“This is in view of the progress made in the course of the union’s negotiations with government.

“The NEC of the union, after exhaustive deliberations and in due consultations with the respective congresses across the nation resolved to suspend the current industrial action.

“This is based on the condition that government committed to review the Memorandum of Action to concretize the resolutions and ensure its full implementation by end of May 2019, failing which the union shall resume the action at its discretion.”

“It is expected that the funds shall be made available for disbursement to deserving institutions by April 2019.

“Equally, the approval of the NEEDS assessment report shall be pursued with all diligence to ensure a sustained and effective intervention in the infrastructure and other needs of our institutions,” he added.

The union president also said on the issue of salary shortfall, promotion arrears and allowances that N16.7 billion has been released.

According to him, the union was informed of the release of N16.7 billion covering agencies of government, including affected Polytechnics cleared by the Presidential Initiative for Continuous Audit for shortfalls and promotion arrears.

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