Barring any last minute change of plans, Polytechnic lecturers, under the auspices of the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP), will begin a one week warning striking from Monday (tomorrow) to February 5th, 2017.
The nationwide warning strike is aimed to press forward the plight of polytechnic education in the country before the federal government.
Speaking on Sunday to newsmen, ASUP’s South-South/South-East Coordinator, Dr. Chika Ogonwa, said its members would embarked on an indefinite strike if the outstanding issues confronting body were not resolved within one week by the federal government.
He further explained that the warning strike was ‘a fight’ aimed at redeeming the nation’s education from a total collapse.
Dr Ogonwa also lamented the failure of the Nigerian government to commence renegotiation of the ASUP/Government agreement of 2010 on the review of the Federal Polytechnics Act.
The union had in August 2016 shifted the strike to January 2017 to give the current administration sufficient time to resolve the various lingering disputes with the Federal Government.
He said, “Effective from today (Monday), the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP) has lifted the ban on its deferred industrial action against the near collapse of the sector in Nigeria. The one week warning strike ends February 5th.
“President Muhammadu Buhari-led government is insensitive to our plight. After this warning strike, the Federal Government will be left with two options – either to close down the system or redeem it from total collapse.”
Ogonwa decried why the Federal Government had refused to implement the report of the NEEDS Assessment report, which as at July 2014, stated that public Polytechnics and Colleges of Technology in the country requires the injection of N652,591,478.614 to function optimally.