The Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP) have issued a warning to the Federal Government to fulfil the terms of its agreement with the Union as stated in 2017 settlement else the Union will have no choice but to shut down all Polytechnics across Nigeria.
According to the National President of the Union, Usman Dutse, the government has refused to honour the terms of the memorandum of settlements signed with the union in 2017.
While speaking in Abuja last week, the National President of the Union, Usman Dutse revealed that all efforts by the union to make the government fulfil its memorandum of the 2017 settlement have been to no avail as the government have refused to implement any of the terms.
He further explained that because of this, the union has decided that they have no choice but to issue a 21-day ultimatum beginning from October 2 after which the Union will shut down all Polytechnics across Nigeria if there is no response from the government.
He also revealed that the Union has pleaded with the government to order the National Board for Technical Education (NBTE) to stop intimidating its members into the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS) platform when their payments have not been secured.
He stated that the major issues in the dispute between the union and Federal Government are the non-implementation of the NEEDS Assessment report of 2014; non-release of promotion arrears of members as well as persistent shortfalls in the personnel releases of Federal Polytechnics since 2016.
He explained that the non-payment of negotiated allowances in polytechnics; non-payment of salaries and other staff entitlements in many state-owned institutions; non-release of CONTISS 15 migration arrears; infractions in the appointment process of rectors in polytechnics; non-passage of the amendment bill of the Polytechnics Act; and victimisation of union officers are among other issues which the Federal Government has been ignoring.
Below is an extract of the statement by ASUP National President;
“Our union has been on the discussion table with officials of IPPIS as well as NBTE on modalities for a smooth and safe enrollment of members into the IPPIS platform.
“The last meeting which took place in March 2018 was postponed to enable the renegotiation committee to conclude its assignment and provide the needed security in the capture of the totality of members’ emoluments.
“However, in an apparent display of betrayal, the NBTE which has refused to commit to the successful conclusion of the renegotiation process is employing underhand strategies to force our members into the platform with or without our emoluments secured.
“We are appalled that the NBTE had kick-started this new arm-twisting regime by convening a meeting with the IPPIS and the management of polytechnics without the unions, where they resolved to force our members into the platform.”