The Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP) has warned that if the federal government does not address its demands before the expiration of the one-month ultimatum, the union will embark on strike action. 

Current situation 
The one-month ultimatum began in March when the National Executive Council (NEC) had its 102th meeting in Yola, Adamawa State. Accordingly, the union’s executives plan to meet on Wednesday, May 4th, the same day the one-month ultimatum expires, to discuss next steps. 

ASUP demands 
Like their ASUU counterparts, ASUP ended a 61 days strike on June 10, 2021, following the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding with the government. But since then, the federal government has failed to honor its side of the agreement.

  • ASUP demands include the non-payment of the revitalization funds to the union, non-payment of arrears of the new minimum wage, and non-release of the reviewed nomination instruments for institutions and Managements as well as program accreditation, etc. 

Why it matters 
With the ongoing strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), and the threats by ASUP, Nigeria’s educational system is taking a discouraging downward trend. Only private universities, colleges of education and some state universities would be in session amongst the higher institutions in Nigeria if ASUP embarks on the strike.  

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