Nigeria: ASUP Calls on the Federal Government and States to Pay Minimum Wage Arrears

The Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP) has requested that the Federal and some state governments pay outstanding minimum wage arrears to its members in accordance with the Memorandum of Action (MoA).

The union also expressed concern about the delays in the release of the approved N15 billion Revitalisation Fund, the failure to pay salaries to its members in some state-owned institutions, and the failure to begin renegotiation of the 2010 agreement.

This was stated on Sunday in Bauchi by Mr Abdullahi Yelwa, ASUP’s National Publicity Secretary.

Yelwa said that the decisions were reached during the 101st Regular ASUP National Executive Council (NEC) meeting held at the Gateway ICT Polytechnic, Saapade, Ogun State.

The statement read in parts: “ASUP equally expressed dismay at recent reports of infractions in the process of appointment of Principal Officers in Federal Polytechnics and some state-owned polytechnics in disregard to the provisions in the extant laws.

“The union particularly noted the events at the Federal Polytechnics, Ekowe, Offa and Mubi, where the process of appointment of Rectors were flawed, leading to the shortlisting of unqualified persons.

“The union notes that the council affairs in Federal Polytechnics, Oko, Offa, Auchi and Kaura Namoda has been relocated to the FCT without due consideration to the cost implication on the institutions, safety of staff and sensitive documents as well as general administration of the affected institutions.”

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