ASUP to Government: Fund polytechnic or shut them

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The Academic Staff Union of Polytechnic has asked both federal and state governments to shut down polytechnics if they can no longer fund them.

The ASUP also tackled the FG over the ongoing strike, insisting that there was no going back on the industrial action.

The Zonal Coordinator of ASUP in Southwest (Zone C), Nureni Yekini stated this on Thursday while addressing journalists at a briefing held at the ASUP Secretariat, Moshood Abiola Polytechnic, Abeokuta, shortly after the leadership monitored compliance of the strike in the state.

Yekini, flanked by other chairmen of ASUP in the state, said the industrial action continues in as much as their demands were not met by the government.

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The ASUP leadership vowed to continue with the industrial action both in the federal and state-owned polytechnics where members were being denied of their rights.

He said “If the government is not ready to fund these polytechnics , they should close them down.

“The governments are just creating schools for fun and crippling what we called TETFUND in the institutions whereby you are just waiting for the federal government to build one structure or the other which is not acceptable to us.”

Yekini also called on government to implement 65 years as retirement age for lecturers in the Polytechnics.

He equally asked governments to immediately constitute boards and Governing Councils at various polytechnics.

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The zonal coordinator noted that vacant positions of the governing councils at many polytechnics has stalled appointments of rectors and also slowed down running of the institutions.

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