Lecturers at the Federal Polytechnic, Auchi, Edo State, have joined other institutions in the country to observe the nationwide strike embarked on by the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics.
It was gathered that academic activities at the polytechnic located in Etsako West Local Government Area of the state were grounded as lecturer halls were shut.
Although regular students of the institution were on holidays, having concluded their second semester exams, the strike was said to have affected part-time students.
The national leadership of ASUP had last Saturday vowed to begin an indefinite strike with effect from November 13 over the alleged failure of the Federal Government to implement all the agreements it entered with the union since 2016.
The President of ASUP, Mr. Usman Dutse, noted that some of the demands include the non-implementation of the NEEDS assessment report and shortfalls in personnel releases and withdrawal of allowances.
The Auchi poly Chairman of the union, Mr. Justin Momodu, said the branch acted in compliance with the directive from the headquarters of the union to proceed on the strike.
Momodu, however, stated that the strike was not peculiar to the polytechnic as other institutions would join in to force the Federal Government to honour the mutual agreement.