Academic activities at the Federal Polytechnic, Auchi, Edo state, has come to a halt as a result of the seven-day warning strike of the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP).
A correspondent of the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) who visited the school premises reports that lecture halls and offices were shut while some students were seen leaving the premises for their respective homes.
ASUP commenced its seven-day nationwide strike on Monday, January 30, to protest the non-implementation of its CONTISS 15 migration arrears, non-commencement of renegotiation of ASUP/government agreement of 2010 and the delay in the review of the federal polytechnics act, amongst other issues.
The union said it would not hesitate to embark on an indefinite strike if the federal government failed to yield to its demands.
Justin Momodu, the chairman of Auchi branch of ASUP, said, “We are on one-week warning strike because the federal government has refused to meet our demands.”
Momodu said the strike was not peculiar to Auchi polytechnic as other institutions would join in to force the federal government to honour the mutual agreement.
“Government has not demonstrated that it is prepared to honour its agreement with ASUP. We have demonstrated enough patience and if government fails to meet our demands within these seven days, we will not hesitate to proceed on indefinite strike,” he said.
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