Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Polytechnic lecturers begin strike



Polytechnic teachers in Nigeria have commenced an indefinite nationwide strike.

The leadership of the Academic Staff Union Of Polytechnics accused the federal.and state governments of neglect of the education sector in general and Polytechnic education in particular.

Some of the union’s grievances are non payment of arrears of minimum wage by federal Polytechnics, states owing teachers’ slaaries ranging between 5 and 24 months and alleged victimisation of union leaders despite signing a no victimisation clause with the government since 2017.

Other grievances are : alleged non establishment of a Polytechnics’ commission for the sector to bridge gaps in regulatory activities, non implementation of the approved 65 years retirement age in the sector by some state governments, alleged offensive claims of purported tax liabilities in 19 federal Polytechnics by the Accountant General of the Federation to illegally invade the legitimate emoluments of members.