On the 4th day of January 2021, the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian polytechnic SSANIP began a warning strike slated to last for 14 days as a measure to get their demands looked into and fulfilled accordingly by the federal government and the state government. According to the Association, it was becoming alarming that despite the outcry of the governing body of this Association to the government they have been treated with disregard and their request not been looked into or considered for deliberation hence it was expedient to embark on a wake-up warning strike.
The memorandum for the strike action was released on Monday, Jan 4th, and duly authenticated by the Acting National Secretary of the Association, Comrade Emmanuel Enyiegor in Calabar for the strike action to begin immediately pursuant to the meeting the General Executive Council had on Dec. 17, 2020.
According to the press release, it holds as follows: “This is to bring to the attention of all the members that the General Executive Council had on Dec. 17, 2020, approved the commencement of 14-day warning strike with effect from 4th January 2021. Members are by this notice directed to refrain from going to office from Monday, Jan. 4, 2021″.
“We demand the immediate re-evaluation and implementation of NEEDS assessment report and release of funds for the Polytechnic sector without further delay. We demand the complete payment of salaries and arrears of minimum wage for staff in the Polytechnic sector starting from the period of implementation in April 2019. Also, we demand the release of a scheme of service for Polytechnics immediately. This has been put on hold by the National Board for Technical Education for three years without any concrete explanation,”.
The union also frowns at the irrational attitudes of some state governments who are reluctant to pay the outstanding and due salary of the staff of these unions and those of the college of health. The state government found flouting in this category includes Benue, Cross River, Abia, Ondo, Ogun, Osun, and Kano. Similarly, the union expresses a lack of confidence in the use of the Integrated Personnel Payroll Information System to issues on the salaries of the members. Thus, requiring both federal and state governing bodies to be set up to look into the problem at hand urgently.