“THE Academic Staff Union Of Polytechnics (ASUP), Oko Chapter, has announced the suspension of their industrial action, and set to resume academic activities on Tuesday.
The union which embarked on this industrial action, along with other unions, Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Polytechnics(SSANIP), Non Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics(NASUP) about a month on the grounds of failed payment of arrears cumulated from excess work load and inconsideration of the management has lifted the suspension of academic activities.
The secretary of the union, Benjamin Obioha confirmed this development to our correspondent in a phone chat. In his words, “the union has suspended industrial action consequent on the consensus of the members of the union. We have declared the resumption of academic activities from next week Tuesday, August 16, 2022.
“While reacting to the resumption of other striking unions in the institution, he said: “I cannot speak for them. However, I hope that once academic activities resume fully, other units will call back to work.”
A member of SSANIP who pleaded anonymity said, “we are going to call off by tomorrow after our meeting, to resume activities also. But for NASUP, I heard from a reliable source that they won’t call off until they receive the payment of the corporate money. This is the much I can say for now”
While investigating the reaction of the students, some expressed gratitude for the consensus reached in favour of the students while a few others were displeased. The displeased students argued that the strike should have been allowed to tarry a little longer to enable them make enough money to care for the heavy financial burden levied on them by the school’s administration.
A student who gave her name as Amaka had this to say, “we are suffering in this school, and it is needful to have the federal government intervene. We no longer know if we came to study or came to be extorted and fuel the hungry purses of the administrators. Every now and then, we are expected and commanded to pay for either an introduced program or school mandated textbook or any other, with amounts in thousands. This strike should have been allowed for yet a little while so we can work and be a little ready for their taxation and exploitation.”