Contrary to the order given by the Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu that all tiers of education in Nigeria should resume activities on the 12th October , 2020, the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP) on Thursday said the order is not applicable to them.
This, according to the union because of the discrepancies in the implementation of the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS).
Speaking on behalf of the union, the ASUP President, Comrade Anderson Ezeobe, made this known in Abuja on Thursday, while hinting that the 15 days ultimatum issued by the union before the lockdown occasioned by Covid-19 pandemic was still valid.
He added that, the National Executive Council (NEC) of the union has directed various chapters to hold congresses with a view to taking drastic decision on the next line of actions.
Ezeobe, however, regretted insensitive of the government to their plight, despite assurances that the discrepancies in their wages will be resolved.
According to him; “We can’t be giving an ultimatum and be repeating an ultimatum; we decided to go back on our congress to take a referendum, because we have to educate our congress.
“The trade union is an epitome of democracy, so we are taking the matter to our congress to say, this is what has happened and the same way, we will explain to our chairmen, and they’ll take the matter back to congress and then our congress will decides on the direction to take.
“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,” he stated .