Following a 21-day ultimatum by the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Polytechnics (SSANIP) to the Federal Government over issues associated with the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS), the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP) has threatened to embark on strike if the Federal Government fail to address the issues.
ASUP President, Anderson Ezeobe disclosed this in Abuja, stressing that the 15-day ultimatum issued by the union remains valid. He stated that the union chapters have been mandated by the National Executive Council to hold congresses to map out the way forward on the issue.
Ezeobe remarked, “We understand that the pandemic has altered a lot of dynamics and so with the feedback we get from our members, we can come back and say, we are shutting down or giving a particular date. So we are waiting for directives that will come from our congress.”Concerning the proposed reopening of schools, the ASUP President said polytechnics are not safe for resumption because the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) protocols for schools reopening was not available. He added that the union will hold the government accountable for any outbreak in any of its campus.