- Mixed reactions have greeted the dissolution of Saki ASUP by the Oyo state government
- ASUP had threatened to embark on strike over non-payment of 23 months salaries
- The state government in a communique on Thursday, September 6, directed that all academic activities resume immediately
There are mixed reactions over the dissolution of the Academic Academic Staff Union of Polytechnic (ASUP), Saki, by the Oyo state government over threat to embark on indefinite strike from Monday, September 10.
NAIJ.com regional reporter in Ibadan, Newman Babson, reports that the lecturers of Saki polytechnic owned by the state government have been owed 23 months salaries and have resolved to commence strike next Monday, September 10.
It was gathered that top politicians from the state and ministers of God who reacted to the government's decision described it as unfair during a chat with NAIJ.com and appealed to Governor Ajimobi to rescind the obnoxious decision of dissolving the lecturers' union.
The governing council of Saki polytechnic had on Thursday, September 6, suspended the activities of the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnic (ASUP) in the institution, following the decision of the staff of the institution to embark on strike.
The council also directed that all academic activities resume immediately.
The governing council gave the directive at the end of an emergency meeting which held at the conference room of the ministry of education, science and technology, secretariat, Ibadan.
The staff union, in conjunction with their counterparts across all other tertiary institutions owned by the state government have based their decision on the strike on salary and welfare issues.
While reading the communique issued at the end of the meeting, the chairman, governing council, The Oke Ogun polytechnic, Saki (TOPS), Professor Moshood Tijani, said the management of the school has been ordered by the governing council to put up a register in the Registrar’s conference Room for all academic staff to sign in.
Noting that the register is to open from Monday, September, 10, Prof. Tijani said any member of staff who fails to comply with the directive should consider his job gone.
The communique was jointly signed by the trio of the chairman, governing council, Professor Tijani, the chairman, council negotiation committee, Folorunsho Ayinla and Registrar/secretary to council, A.O. Ojewole.
The chairman said: “At the emergency meeting of the governing council of The Oke-Ogun polytechnic, Saki held on Thursday, September, at the conference room of the ministry of education, science and technology, secretary Ibadan, the following decisions were taken:
“By the resolution of the council, the activities of Academic Staff Union of Polytechnic (ASUP), Saki chapter is hereby suspended.
“That, all academic activities should resume immediately.
“That, management should put up a central register in the Registrar’s conference room for all academic staff to sign in which in any way closes by 4:00pm on Monday, September, 10, failure of which any recalcitrant staff should regard his/her job lost.
“That, council empowers the management to maintain peace, law and order.
“That, council still stands on its earlier Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the unions which has already taken effect with the payment of the July 2016 NET arrears.
Reacting to the dissolution, the national chairman, National Action Council (NAC), Dr. Olapade Agoro, described the action of government as a denial of the lecturers right and threatened to drag the governing council to court if the action was not rescinded after two weeks.
In his comments, the spiritual head of Shafaudeen Islam and former HoD at federal polytechnic, Ilaro, Prof. Sabit Olagoke, appealed to the government to intervene on the matter by paying the lecturers accumulated salaries and other allowances.
Also speaking, a member of All Progressives Congress (APC), Deacon Samson Olalere, lamented that it was unexpected of party which claimed to be progressive to treat the lecturers in such a shabby and inhuman manner.
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com had previously reported that the non-teaching workers of Nigerian universities lamented non-implementation of agreement by the federal government and has threatened to resume their strike which was suspended on March 15, 2018.
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