The two months old strike action embarked upon by the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics, ASUP, has been called off on Tuesday.
ASUP National Chairman, Usman Dutse, made this known at a news conference held in Abuja today.
Usman Dutse noted that the request for a revitalization fund of N15billion has been made by the Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu, in lieu of the NEEDS assessment.
He further stated: “We have decided to suspend our two month old strike; this decision was taken at the end of our National Executive Council (NEC) meeting.
“We shall not hesitate to resume the suspended strike should government fail to review the Memorandum of Action (MoA) and ensure full implementation before end of May 2019.
“This is in view of the progress made in the course of the union’s negotiations with government.
“The NEC of the union, after exhaustive deliberations and in due consultations with the respective congresses across the nation resolved to suspend the current industrial action.
“This is based on the condition that government committed to review the Memorandum of Action to concretize the resolutions and ensure its full implementation by end of May 2019, failing which the union shall resume the action at its discretion.”
“It is expected that the funds shall be made available for disbursement to deserving institutions by April 2019.
“Equally, the approval of the NEEDS assessment report shall be pursued with all diligence to ensure a sustained and effective intervention in the infrastructure and other needs of our institutions,” he added.