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We provided incentives for members – ASUP president

We provided incentives for members – ASUP president. Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics, on Monday, told the federal government that it provided incentives for the ongoing strike of the union.

ASUP has been on strike for two months now and vowed that it must continue the industrial action until its demands were met by the federal government.

The union said the N15bn released by the federal government was for the revitalization of infrastructure in the sector.

National President of the union, Anderson Ezeibe, disclosed this at the Akanu Ibiam Federal Polytechnic, Unwanna, Afikpo, Ebonyi State while briefing journalists after the Union’s congress at the Polytechnic.

Ezeibe, who accused the federal government of being insensitive to the plight of the union, boasted that the government could not implement any work, no pay on the striking lecturers since they fulfilled all the requirements for the strike.

He said, “The calling off of our strike is in the hands of the federal government. The issues in contention are very clear and the union is still on strike as at today. The congress today was only meant to educate our members, update them,  let them get to know  where we are on each of the items of  the strike.

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“The congress does not have the powers to review or suspend the strike, it is the responsibility of the National Executive council of the union. For now, the strike is in full force and you call see that the strike is being observed in totality.”

 In another development, the Ogun State chapter of ASUP has faulted the governor, Mr. Dapo Abiodun for retaining a principal lecturer, Kehinde Olatunji as the Rector of D. S Adegbenro Polytechnic, Itori.

The   Southwest zonal coordinator of ASUP, Asafa  Nureni raised concerns over the continued stay of Olatunji one year after the former Rector left the office.

 It was further gathered that D S Adegbenro is the second state-owned polytechnic after Moshood Abiola Polytechnic that did not have a substantive Rector after the screening committee had selected the best three persons.

 ASUP while addressing newsmen in Abeokuta described the trend as worrisome, urging the governor to appoint a qualified and best person as a   substantive Rector for the polytechnic.

 Nureni said, “A situation where a principal lecturer is being appointed as the Rector of an institution is so worrisome to the union.

 “Then, despite the fact that the screening exercise has been put in place for the appointment of substantive Rector and this was concluded almost one year.

“ The Ogun State government refused  to do the needful to appoint a  substantive Rector.”

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By Olumide Sekunowo

Content Author for @study4naija

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