The Tutorial Workers Union of Polytechnics has mentioned that it had no choice however to proceed its strike motion within the new yr as a result of the Federal Authorities did not launch the N15bn revitalisation fund for the polytechnics promised in 2017.
The Nationwide President of ASUP, Usman Dutse, said this in an interview with our correspondent on Friday, noting that the federal government, within the 2009 settlement, had promised about N603bn to polytechnics nevertheless it was agreed in 2017, that attributable to paucity of funds N15bn must be launched to indicate the federal government’s dedication.
The polytechnic union mentioned it hoped that on January 10, 2019, when its leaders meet with the Federal Authorities to evaluate negotiations, there can be constructive responses and dedication from the federal government.
ASUP started its nationwide strike on December 12, 2018, citing the failures of the Federal Authorities to implement the 2009, 2013 and the 2017 agreements which it reached with the union.
Dutse, instructed our correspondent that some state governments have been additionally culpable in owing salaries for a number of months to polytechnic lecturers, including that the involved states should pay the shortfalls earlier than the strike can be suspended.
He mentioned, “Within the report of the NEEDS evaluation carried out, the federal government initially promised to launch N603bn to polytechnics for revitalisation. Due to the lengthy delay, the costs of things modified and there have been new public polytechnics established, so the cash was reviewed to over N800bn. On the time there was no clear roadmap by the federal government on how you can allocate the cash to the establishments in tranches.
“However in 2017, on the final settlement, the federal government mentioned it was going through paucity of funds and different financial challenges, due to this fact it will commit itself to a revalisation fund of N20bn to universities, N15bn to polytechnics and N15bn to schools of schooling.
“Since 2017, the cash has not been launched to polytechnics. It’s after this preliminary launch that we are able to then speak concerning the modalities to safe the opposite tranches. That was the place we took within the final 2017 settlement. The N15bn has not been launched. It is likely one of the important causes for our agitation,” Dutse mentioned.