ASUP Has Given Reasons To Suspend Ongoing Polytechnic Strike.
NewsOnline Nigeria reports that the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP) has urged President Buhari led the federal government to implement the NEEDS assessment report of 2014 to enable federal polytechnics in the country to feel the impact of the assessment.
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This online news platform understands that ASUP also stated that the ongoing strike action remains until the union’s demands are met by the federal government, adding that the culture of neglect of the sector must be reversed in the interest of Nigerians.
Addressing newsmen at Federal Polytechnic Idah, Wednesday, the chairman of ASUP , FPI branch, Comrade Egbunu Danladi, stated that in 2014, the federal government set up a NEEDS assessment team that went round federal tertiary institutions across the country with a view to address the high level of infrastructure decay in the institutions.
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He said several years after the report was submitted to the federal government, no polytechnic in Nigeria has benefited from the report.
“The report was submitted and it was only universities that felt the impact. We are appealing to the federal government to implement the NEEDS assessment report so that polytechnics too can benefit,” he pleaded.
The union also rejected in its entirety the plans by the accountant general of the federation to deduct over 19 billion naira on the pretext of recovering Pay As You Earn tax liabilities from nineteen polytechnics, describing the plans as dubious , painted in different colours of impunity to further pauperise the union members.
“The claims are unverified, unreconciled, offensive to extant laws and therefore unacceptable to our members who have diligently and over the years been bearing the brunt of unacceptable tax regime with little or no social benefits from political leadership in their respective states,” he added.
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The ASUP chairman urged the federal government to release the ten months in arrears of the new minimum wage owed members of the union in federal polytechnics and also called for the implementation of same in the several states that are yet to implement the new minimum wage.