The polytechnic lecturers in the country have resolved to down tools any moment from now should the Federal Government not act fast in releasing the agreed N15 billion as revitalisation funds into the nation’s public polytechnics.
The lecturers said they would not give any warning strike again before going into total and indefinite industrial action should the government continue not to yield to meet its own terms of last agreement reached with the union in April and upon which they suspended their earlier strike that lasted about 65-days.
The teachers under their umbrella body, Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP) came to this conclusion at its just-concluded 101st regular National Executive Council meeting held at the Gateway ICT Polytechnic, Saapade, Ogun State.
The union gave this hint in a statement made available on Sunday by its publicity secretary, Mr Abdullahi Yalwa.
According to them, our union’s NEC has frowned on the government’s lethargic approach towards the implementation of some items in the signed Memorandum of Understanding (MoA) despite the three-month suspension corridor granted by the union.
“And of particular interest in the items include the non-release of the approved N15 billion Revitalisation Fund for the sector more than three months after the approval, non-release of Minimum Wage Arrears to staff of Federal Polytechnics and several State-owned Polytechnics, non-commencement of the Renegotiation of the Union’s 2010 agreement despite the reconstitution of Governing Councils, as well as the continued non-payment of salaries in several state-owned institutions.
They listed Federal Polytechnics Oko, Offa, Auchi, and Kaura Namoda as examples of those where their governing councils have taken their meetings and activities to FCT.
They said while infractions characterized the process of appointment of principal officers of the first three named polytechnics where they alleged that some unqualified individuals were shortlisted while some who are qualified were excluded from the race, they said the financial implication and security risk of taking meetings to Abuja by those institutions involved is huge and government should therefore do the needful in both regards.