The Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP) Yabatech chapter is set to shut down both full time and part time academic activities with effect from Monday, 16th of May 2022. This was part of the resolution made at the end of the emergency congress held on Friday 13th May 13, 2022 at the Yusuf Grillo Hall, Yabatech.

Public relations officer ASUP Yabatech Chapter, Comrade Olagoke Oluwafemi disclosed that the decision is in line with the directive of the Union’s National Executive Council to commence a 2 week industrial action from Monday.

“At the end of our emergency congress, we decided to shut down all academic activities on campus effective, Monday 16th of May 13, 2022. The national body has given us the directive and as a chapter we are in full support of the strike call made by the National Leadership of the Union.”

ASUP suspended its industrial action declared on the 6th of April 2021 on the 10th of June, 2021 following the signing of a Memorandum of Action (MoA) with the government. The signed MoA contained a clear path to a sustainable resolution of the issues in dispute with timelines attached to each of the items in dispute.

Part of the demand includes the non-release of the approved revitalization fund for the sector, Approved N15bn, yet to be released 11 months after approval by the President. “Non-release of arrears of the new minimum wage: The owed 10 months arrears for the Polytechnics is yet to be released. The composite amount covering all Federal Tertiary Institutions to the approximate figure of N19Bn currently exists as an AIE in the Accountant General\’s Office.”

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