Students of polytechnics across the country will resume back at their campuses as the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP) has suspended its two-month-old strike.
Usman Dutse, ASUP national president, made this known at a news conference on Tuesday.
“We have hereby decided to suspend our two-month-old strike, this decision was taken at the end of our National Executive Council (NEC) meeting,” he said.
“We shall not hesitate to resume the suspended strike should the government fail to review the Memorandum of Action (MoA) and ensure full implementation before the end of May 2019.”
Dutse said the request for a revitalisation fund of N15 billion had been made by Adamu Adamu, the minister of education, in lieu of the NEEDS assessment.
According to the union president, the federal government N16.7 billion has been released to settle salary shortfall, promotion arrears and allowances.
“A circular had also been released to all Rectors conveying increased personnel funding for 2019 and directing the payment of full salaries and allowances in Polytechnics.
“A schedule from the office of the Federal Ministry of Finance containing institutions contained in phase one of the shortfall refund payments has been released.
“Our union notes that 11 institutions from the sector are cleared to receive funds from the approved tranche. Our union has been reassured that the next phase will contain more institutions.”-NAN