Students of Nigerian Polytechnics have in a peaceful rally urged the leadership of the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnic, ASUP not to go through with is its planned industrial action.
The National Public Relations Officer of the National Association of Polytechnic Students (NAPS), Damola Olugbode, said this following recent threats by ASUP to embark on another industrial action over the non-payment of salaries and arrears of its members teaching at some state owned polytechnics.
He disclosed that NAPS aligns itself with the lecturer’s demands, but it wants ASUP to shelve the planned strike because polytechnics are yet to recover from the last nationwide strike that lasted for over a year.
It would be recalled, ASUP had threatened to embark on a nationwide strike action over the non-payment of salaries by six states of the federation.
The President of the Union, Mr Chibuzo Asomugha, disclosed at a news conference in Abuja that six states including Osun, Plateau and Benue are owing their polytechnic lecturers between eight and 10 months.
Other states in the list include Abia, Imo, and Oyo state.
“We want to state without equivocation that it is morally reprehensible and desperately wicked for a government at any level to owe its workers eight months of salaries. Such a government has, by that very colossal failure, lost the moral claim to the leadership of the people. It has failed woefully in its mandate to provide governance and should abdicate.
“If, within the next few weeks, the affected state governments do not clear the arrears of salaries and allowances owed our members, our union nationwide will be left with no other option than to rise in arms in solidarity with our suffering colleagues.
“The conditions of most states polytechnics in Nigeria are pathetic. This has greatly compromised standards in most of the institutions. Apart from criminal neglect and dereliction of duty on the part of state governments which are proprietors of the institutions, there are also constant experiences of undue interference and politicisation of appointments and recruitment of personnel”, Asomugha said.