The Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP) has threatened that it would embark on a nationwide strike from August 22.
The union stated that the nationwide industrial action – scheduled for next week Monday – is inevitable following the Federal Government refusal to honour the agreement it reached with it in 2013.
Speaking to pressmen at the end of its meeting in Kaduna State, northwest Nigeria at the weekend, the President of ASUP, Mr Usman Dutse, griped that since the suspension of the protracted strike in 2014, the government is yet to address some of the core issues that necessitated the strike.
The ASUP President called on the government to make hay while the sun shines by addressing the issues with urgency in order to avoid another nationwide industrial action.
A statement issued by the Zone A Coordinator of ASUP, Kabir Yunusa, noted that no significant progress has been made by government in resolving the issues.
The statement highlighted the issues to include the non-implementation of Needs Assessment Report of 2014, non-payment of salaries in many state-owned institutions, delay in the review of the Polytechnic Act and poor funding of polytechnics among other demands.
The ASUP President said that despite giving the government enough time when it came on board last year to settle down and address all pending issues, the present administration has showed no concern about the plight of lecturers, whose salaries were being reduced or owed in most federal and state polytechnics.