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MAPOLY’s Transition to a University: ASUP Passes Vote of No-Confidence on Okebukola Committee
The Congress of our great Union (ASUP, MAPOLY Chapter) met on Thursday 3rd August, 2017 to review the progress report on the transmutation of the Moshood Abiola Polytechnic (MAPOLY) to Moshood Abiola University of Science and Technology (MAUSTECH).
The Congress observed as follows:
1. The massive support and prayers of the good people of Ogun State on our SOS. Indeed, the huge support is a confirmation that Ogun State belongs to all of us. The congress is full of appreciation to all.
2. That on the 13th of July 2017, the Union embarked on an industrial action by going into picketing. The events culminating into the protest included: the affirmation of the chairman of the Technical Committee on MAPOLY transmutation- Prof. Peter Okebukola, that all staff of the Polytechnic would have to reapply for employment; the failure of the Committee to carry along the entire staff on the modalities for the transmutation.
3. The intervention of our alumnus and Moderator, His Excellency Senator Ibikunle Amosun (CON, FCA), made the Union to suspend the industrial action embarked upon then. The promise then were that the Union would be more involved henceforth. That the Union will be adequately updated forthwith.
4. That however, from 14th July, 2017, after the union suspended its industrial actions, members of the Transition Committee, led by its chairman, have been crisscrossing every available media outfit to make further inflammatory statements capable of disrupting the peace on the campus. All these are in the Union’s archive.
5. That in order to have the concrete position of the government (as discussed at the meeting with the Governor), the Union in two separate letters of 14th and 19th July, 2017 transmitted to the Honourable Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Mrs. Modupe Mujota, to confirm all that were promised by His Excellency.
That the Union is yet to receive even an acknowledgement of the letters (both the original letter and the reminder). Our members continue to groan in the dark despite all the Union’s entreaties.
From the fore going therefore, the congress concluded as follows:
1. That the union is no longer having confidence in the membership and activities of the Transition Committee led by Prof Peter Okebukola.
2. That as far as the union is concerned, the Transition Committee has lost relevance and its activities are no longer welcomed by the union.
3. That the major questions which we intended to ask the committee but which we were not given opportunity are:
• Has MAPOLY transmuted to MAUSTECH or Ogun state Polytechnic?
• Or is Ogun State Polytechnic a newly created institution?
• If Ogun State Polytechnic is a new creation, is it registered with the regulatory agency- the National Board for Technical Education (NBTE)?
• What are the approved programmes of study for the MAUSTECH and the Ogun State Polytechnic?
• What are the resources on ground to facilitate the approval to commence operation in the Ogun State Polytechnic?
• How is MAUSTECH and Ogun State Polytechnic going to be funded, especially the funding of overhead costs in the short-run? How do we ensure on a sustainable basis, the payment of salaries of over seven hundred (700) staff of MAPOLY? This is a pertinent question, given the fact that presently salaries are mainly sourced from school fees paid, and especially now that admission is being suspended and even the new University and Ogun state Polytechnic will of necessity admit less number of students (being a new institution of learning).
• What becomes of the present ND 1, ND 2, HND 1, and HND 2 students of MAPOLY? Is it possible to just move them into the new Ogun State Polytechnic even when we are not sure of which programmes the NBTE would approve for commencement.
• What happens to the applicants into ND 1, and HND 1 programmes of MAPOLY for the 2017/2018 session?
We want to state for the umpteenth time that we are in no way averse to the upgrading of MAPOLY into a University but we are concerned with leaving an enduring legacy that will stand the test of time.