Aminah Salako-Adekunle – Ilorin
Two out of Nine – Point Demands of the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnic, ASUP, have been met by the Federal Government as part of measures to end the ongoing industrial action by the Union.
ASUP Chairman of the Federal Polytechnic Offa Chapter, Dr. Moses Idowu Atilola stated this in an exclusive interview with Radio Nigeria Harmony FM Correspondent Aminah Salako – Adekunle.
Dr. Atilola explained that out the demands met were payment of minimum wage salary arrears and approving the Normative instrument which is meant for the running of institutions.
Dr. Atilola explained that the Union’s National President, Anderson Ezeibe, was at the Federal Polytechnic Offa last week to brief the members on latest development and ascertain level of compliance.
He stated that new developments that occurred during the Two Week Industrial action which is to end by Friday 27th of May 2022, will be evaluated in Jigawa State upcoming meeting.
Some of the demands include none release of the approved revitalisation fund for the sector: Approved N15bn yet to be released 11 months after approval by the President. None release of arrears of the new minimum wage. The composite amount covering all Federal Tertiary Institutions to the approximate figure of N19bn currently exists as an AIE in the Accountant Generals Office. None release of the reviewed normative instruments for institution/management and programmes accreditation: thehe document is currently awaiting approval of the Management of NBTE.
He added that the document is expected to provide a framework to address non-payment of salaries in state-owned institutions, non-compliance with approved retirement age, non-deployment of approved salary structures, poor governance structure as well as other issues affecting standards, particularly in state-owned Polytechnics.
Meanwhile, some of the affected students said that they were eager to return to classroom at the expiration of industrial action, as they were idle during the period.