ASUP warning strike: Bauchi Poly shuts down academic activities in compliance

By Mohammed Kaka, Misau

The Abubakar Tatari Ali Polytechnic (ATAP) chapter of the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP) has resolved to join the 2-weeks warning strike as declared by the national office of the Union to press home their demands.

A press statement issued to newsmen in Bauchi by the union through the chairman ATAP Chapter on Monday indicated that the decision to join the warning strike was informed by a circular issued by the National Executive council of the union on the 11th May, 2022.

The ASUP Chairman, ATAP Chapter, Mal. Dahiru Musa Abdullahi said the members of the union met at its secretariat on Monday 16th may, 2022 to arrived at the decision to join the warning strike.

The chairman, further explained since the national office of the union had given the directive, they have no option than to complying with the directives.

Musa Abdullahi reiterated that that the union is embarking on the warning strike as a result of failure of the Federal government to honour the memorandum of understanding (MOU) reached between two parties.

He said some of the issues that need to be addressed by the federal government include, Non payment of revitalization fund of 15 billion Naira, non implimentation of Consequential Adjustment, as well as Non release of arreas of minimum wage of some federal Polytechnics.

Others he said are, non implementation of minimum wage in state Government own Polytechnics among other things which led to the shutdown of the Polytechnics.

He However revealed that immediately after the expiration date of the two weeks strike, the full Academic activities of the polytechnic would continue as the school might commence preparation for its examination few weeks after.

The ASUP Chairman called on government at all levels, stakeholders and relevant bodies to do all they can to ensure that their demands are met to allow younger generation have full access to education.

The union while pleading for understanding from parents and the students, noted that the decision was not taken for personal interest.

He urged parents/guardians, students and members of the general public to exercise patience, adding that the union also share the same plights as a result of the strike.

The ASUP Chairman expressed hope that their entitlements would soon be released with a view to bringing an end to the over a decade disputes.

He however, advised the students to take the advantage of the period to read and review their lecture notes to enable them remain update regarding their studies.

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