ASUP vows to continue nationwide strike

The Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics, ASUP, has vowed to continue its indefinite strike until the Federal Government meets its demands.

The ASUP National President, Mr Anderson Ezeibe, made the union’s position known on Friday at an emergency congress held at the Federal polytechnic, Auchi in Edo.

The News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, reports that ASUP had on April 6 embarked on a nationwide strike.

Among the demands of the union are implementation of the ASUP/FG agreement of 2010, and payment of salaries and arrears of the new minimum wage in some state-owned polytechnics.

Others are implementation of the NEEDS Assessment Report of 2014 and reconstitution of governing councils of polytechnics.

Ezeibe commended members of the union for complying with the strike directive, saying that the strike would continue until achievement of its aims.

He expressed satisfaction that the industrial action had begun to yield positive results.

Ezeibe denied that N20 billion was collectively owed by 19 polytechnics staff members as tax liability.

According to him, such money has been deducted through the Pay As You Earn (PAYE) tax.

He said that the union would resist any attempt to deduct same from staff salaries.

Earlier, the Chairman of ASUP, Auchi Polytechnic Chapter, Mr Lawani Jimoh, thanked the national president for coming to the polytechnic to inform members of the level of progress regarding the strike.

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