FG, ASUP meet to end nationwide strike

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…Poly can’t meet COVID-19 protocols for resumption –ASUP

The Federal Government and the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics have met in a bid to halt a planned nationwide strike by the lecturers.

ASUP had issued a 15-day ultimatum to the Federal Government to implement the polytechnics NEEDS assessment, as well as correct the challenges of the Integrated Personnel Payroll and Information System.

The delegation of ASUP led by its President, Anderson Ezeibe, doubted the possibility of
polytechnics meeting COVID-19 protocols for resumption even as the Federal Government had directed that schools should reopen.

He said, “Beyond the sentiments of announcing that all institutions resume, the polytechnics lacked support to enforce resumption protocols.”

He also said polytechnic lecturers regretted rushing to enroll on the IPPIS, because the system had been characterised with omission of staff members’ names and non-remittance of check-off dues, among others.

He said, “Recall that we had issued a 15-day ultimatum in respect of some pertinent demands before the COVID-19 outbreak; being Nigerians, we had to encourage our members to endure. Be that as it may, with the gradual reopening of economic activities, it is pertinent we bring up these issues again.”

Responding, the minister said the demands would be looked into.

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