Polytechnics in Delta State have reportedly shut down activities as they embark on a strike to protest unfavorable work conditions.
According to The Nation, all academic activities at the Delta state polytechnics at Otefe and Ozoro, have been grounded as local unions comply with directive to embark on strike by the national body of the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnic ( ASUP ).
ASUP Chairman, Delta State Polytechnic, Ozoro, Isoko North local government area, Comrade Thomas Ojuye, said his members heeded directives of the National Executive Council of the Union to embark on indefinite strike.
He disclosed that a communiqué issued at the end of the Chapter Congress, last Monday advised all members to down tools and commended members for complying, even as he vowed that the action would continue until issues raised by the union are addressed.
Ojuye, who also doubles as the Joint Union Chairman of the State owned polytechnics in Delta state (Ozoro and Otefe-Oghara), said the state owned polytechnics are in full compliance with the National Executives Council directives.
He listed non-implementation of the NEEDS assessment report, shortfalls in personnel release and withdrawal of allowances, condition of state owned institutions and nonrelease of CONTISS 15 migration arrears as some of the conditions.
Others include non passage of the amendment bill of the Polytechnics Act, infraction in the appointment of Rectors and continued victimization of union officers.
Ojuye added that, “the union had vowed to continue the indefinite strike until the Federal Government yield to its demands.”