The President of the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP), Anderson Ezeibe, has reiterated the union’s demand for a salary increase for its lecturers.
Ezeibe specifically called for the conclusion of the ASUP/FGN 2010 agreement renegotiation, which remained unresolved in 2022.
Ezeibe emphasized the importance of adjusting wages to align with current economic realities.
ASUP president calls economic realities
ASUP has conducted a review of the newly approved wage structure for polytechnics, which was communicated through the National Salaries Incomes and Wages Commission (NSIWC).
According to Ezeibe, the revised structure, which offers a 35 percent increase for chief lecturers and a 25 percent increase for other staff members under the CONPCASS pay scale, falls short of the union’s demands.
He noted that these adjustments are only slight modifications to the government’s offer of 35 percent and 23.5 percent during the renegotiation of the ASUP/FGN 2010 agreement in July 2022.
Ezeibe pointed out that this offer was made before the economic downturn caused by the removal of fuel subsidies in May 2023.
He stressed that the government should consider the current economic realities when addressing these salary concerns.