The Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics, ASUP, has announced plans to embark on a one-week strike next week.

All academic and administrative activities in all public polytechnics will be suspended from January 30, 2017 to February 6, 2017.

The decision was announced by the President of ASUP, Usman Dutse. He revealed that the Federal Government’s refusal to implement the NEEDS Assessment report of July 2014 was a key factor behind the strike.

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Other issues included the non-removal of the entry dichotomy between HND and degrees, poor funding of the polytechnics, victimization of union officials, and non release of check off dues.

He said, “The union therefore resolved at the emergency meeting of the National Executive Council held on the 25 January 2017 to embark on a one week warning strike effective 12 noon, January 30, 2017 to 6 February 2017 in the first instance.

“Members are therefore directed to ensure total compliance as no academic and administrative activity is expected in any public polytechnic across Nigeria within the period; and await further directives from the union’s organs.”