The Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP) strike is near its end. 

ASUP said it had received some proof and documents as requested from the Federal Government to back up its claim of payment of 16.4 billion Naira as salary shortfalls. 

To begin the end to the nationwide strike, the union on Thursday directed its members in all chapters to hold a referendum on suspension of the ongoing strike in the nation’s polytechnics.

Mr Usman Dutse, ASUP National President said in Lagos that the referendum would hold between this week and next week.

According to him, the referendum was to assess the Federal Government’s efforts at ending the lingering strike in polytechnics.

"Although the union has not received all documents, it has resolved and directed all chapters to hold referendum between now and next week, as that will decide the next line of action.

"They have given us some of the documents, proof but not all. We are going to the ministry now to pursue somethings.

"After the referendum, the National Executive Council will meet to decide next line of action," he said.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Mr Adamu Adamu, Minister of Education, had on January 31, in Abuja said the Federal Government had released 16.4 billion Naira to settle outstanding salary arrears of staff in the country’s tertiary institutions.

Another 30 billion Naira had been raised as revitalisation funds, he stated.

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Adamu said this during the “Sixth edition of the Ministerial Press Briefing” that disbursement was ongoing through the Office of the Accountant General of the Federation to solve issues and demands raised by ASUU and ASUP.

Adamu said that the government had resolved all issues and awaits the academic unions to also call off their strike in the coming days, especially ASUU and ASUP.

ASUP has since denied receipt of any payment, either by document or proof of the said 16.4 billion Naira by the Federal Government.

The union commenced its indefinite strike on December 12, 2018, following the failure of government to meet various agreement reached with the union since 2009.

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