On Tuesday the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnic (ASUP) shut down Ibadan Polytechnic, Oyo State Capital, following the enforcement of an indefinite strike by the lecturers who stormed the institution gate and prevented vehicular movement.
The closure was as a result of a declaration of industrial action by, National President of the union, Anderson Ezeibe who through a press conference in Abuja, maintained that members of the union have resolved to shut all the Nigerian Polytechnics and monotechnics until their demands are met.
Ezeibe yesterday in his address stressed that (Tuesday), marks Day 1 of the execution of the resolutions of our union as already, academic activities have been shut down in all programmes run in Polytechnics and like institutions across the nation effective 00:00 hrs of 6th of April, 2021;.
The indefinite strike is based on the following demands communicated to the government through the Ministries of Education; as well as Labour and Employment and indeed other ministries where our members offer services through various monotechnics.”
In his speech he added that the non-reconstitution of governing councils in Federal Polytechnics and many state-owned institutions has led to the disruption of governance and administrative processes in the institutions since May 2020.
Also the non-release of the 10-month arrears of minimum wage owed our members in Federal Polytechnics and non-implementation of the same in several state-owned institutions.This is despite a directive for the payment of these arrears since December 2019.