The Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP) have decided to adopted the strategy of their “senior colleague”, Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), by declaring a strike action against the Federal Government.
In a statement signed by the ASUP’s president, Anderson Ezeibe, on Wedneday, he announced that the union have declared a two-week warning strike with effect from Monday, 16th of May 2022.
The statement noted that the decision was taken at its 102nd emergency national executive council meeting held in Abuja on Wednesday.
The union said the decision became imperative following the failure of the government to implement the Memorandum of Action (MoA) signed in June, 2021, which informed the suspension of its two-month strike at the time.
ASUP said it also gave a one-month ultimatum in April to address its needs but said the government ignored its threat, and went on with political activities as if everything was normal.
ASUP’s strike action comes at a time the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) extend their ongoing strike action against the Federal Government by three months. Several other unions have also chosen to make this period the right time for pressing their demands from the government.
It is believed by many Nigerians that the time towards electioneering is the best time to press your demands from the Federal Government. According to opinions collected by Intel Region, the Nigerian government are known to be most responsive only at the time of elections.
As of today, ASUU, ASUP, the Non-Academic Staff Union of Educational and Associated Institutions (NASU), Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU), and the National Association of Academic Technologists (NAAT) are all currently on strike.
The strike action of all these academic unions have seen the final shut down of Nigeria’s educational sector, a sector meant to develop the country’s human capital.
After several protests against the incessant strikes, Nigeria’s Chief of Staff, Prof. Ibrahim Gambari and Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr. Chris Ngige have called for a meeting between the government, the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) as well as all other registered Trade Unions in Nigerian universities on Thursday (today).
According to the invitation sent to the media, the Ministry’s Head, Press and Public Relations, Olajide Oshundun, noted that Gambari will be chairing the meeting.
The message read, “The Minister for Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige, will host a Tripartite-Plus meeting between the government and the Academic Staff Union of Universities and other registered Trade Unions in Nigerian universities, as well as identified interest groups and Civil societies, on the on-going industrial actions by the trade unions.
“The Chief of Staff to the President, Professor Agboola Gambari, will chair the meeting.”
Meanwhile, the Trade Union Congress (TUC), one of Nigeria’s leading amalgamated labour unions, has threatened to embark on a solidarity strike with the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) to compel the government to address the workers’ concerns and reopen the universities.
Earlier on the FG has asked the minister to negotiate or resign his position as minister.
In a statement issued on Tuesday, the union accused the the Nigerian government of deliberately neglecting the universities and subjecting the workers and students to untold hardship.