The president of the Polytechnic Academic Staff Union, ASUP, Offa in Kwara State, Dr. Waheed Balogun, confirmed on Tuesday that his union had fully complied with the national directives of its parent body.
In a phone chat with DAILY POST, Dr. Balogun, who described the strike as total, appealed to the students affected by the action to support the union, as they will also benefit from its positive outcome.
He said: “It is unfortunate that until we embark on strike action, the government will not be ready to dialogue with us.
“We gave the federal government an ultimatum of almost a year to act, but the government had not taken any action so far,” added Dr. Balogun.
The union president listed the body’s complaints to include the non-payment of the minimum wage of 10 months, the non-payment of arrears from 2017 to date in some Federal Polytechnics, the promotion and non-implementation of the retirement age of 65 years as some colleagues are forced. Retire at 60.
He also mentioned the lack of inauguration of the National Polytechnic Commission, an attempt by the general accountant to forcibly recover on N19b unverified debts, not reconciled of staff salaries and non-payment of salaries in some state polytechnics such as Abia, Osun and Ogun, among others. others.
The union’s complaints also include the non-constitution of the governing councils, saying that the life of the old boards expired in May 2020.
Dr. Balogun called on the federal government to begin a productive and determined negotiation with the union for the way forward.
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