Polytechnics face potential unrest as lecturers demand equal treatment on wage award

The Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP) is on the brink of industrial action, calling on the federal government to fulfill its commitment to pay its members the N35,000 wage award granted to other public sector workers.

Union President, Shammah Kpanja, on Sunday, during a press briefing, warned of growing anger and agitation among polytechnic lecturers due to economic hardship and perceived discriminatory treatment.

Kpanja said: “Government has no reason for not paying that N35, 000 wage award, you know when this government came onboard , they introduced some economy policies, one is the removal of subsidy in the price of Petroleum Motor Spirit (PMS), and this brought about increase in prices of goods and services and this affected the condition of living of our members.