Lecturers of the Moshood Abiola Polytechnic (MAPOLY), Abeokuta, , on Monday, declared a five – day warning strike over the refusal of the state government to domesticate the Polytechnic Act 2019 and failure to install Governing Council.
The lecturers under the auspices of Academic Staff Union of Polytechnic (ASUP) said the warning strike is to further press home their demands of payment of staff outstanding salaries since May, 2022.
The union had in June issued a 21-day ultimatum to governor Dapo Abiodun to pay their 55 months Unremitted pension deductions and address issues concerning their welfare or risk industrial action.
The strike is coming few days after the state government appointed a substantive Rector for the over 40 year-old institution.
The union in a communique jointly signed by its Chairman, Babatunde Osifalujo and General Secretary, Tomisi Adegunle said the state government only resolved one item of the undertakings made to the Union at the expiration of the timeline of August 5, 2022.
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8th August, 2022COMMUNIQUEThe emergency Congress of our Union held today Monday, August 8, 2022 considered the response and compliance to the resolutions reached at the tripartite meeting held with the Honourable Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Management of Moshood Abiola Polytechnic (Mapoly), Abeokuta and the Unions on 18th July 2022 in response to persistent issues contiguous with the welfare of our Union members and the sustenance of Moshood Abiola Polytechnic in consonant with communiqué of ASUP Congress dated 19th July 2022 where these issues were first deliberated and resolved on an 8-points resolutions that were sent to your office by the Union.Thus, the Congress observed and deliberated on the following, that:The Union revisited its deliberations in suspending its planned industrial action earlier scheduled to commence at midnight of Tuesday, 19th July 2022 relying on the agreement reached at the tripartite meeting of 18th July, 2022.The resolutions of the Union as contained in the communiqué dated 19th July, 2022 were reappraised.The response of the Ogun State Government to resolve only an item of the entire undertakings freely made to the Union at the expiration of the timeline of 5th August, 2022.The inability of the Management of the Polytechnic to put in place strategic plans to solve some internal challenges as mandated by the Honourable Commissioner of Education, Science and technology due to its precarious situation and financial incapability.The challenges posed to welfare of members due to non-payment of staff salaries which had ceased to be paid since May 2022.Consequently, the meeting resolved that in view of lack of financial capability of the Management of Mapoly and the inability of the Ogun State Government to fulfil their promises on the domestication of the Polytechnic Act (2019) and the constitution of Governing Council, the Union hereby issue an immediate five (5) days warning strike for the Government and Management to accomplish its promises. We remain committed to the upliftment of education in Ogun State OSIFALUJO, Babatunde ADEGUNLE, TomisiChairman General Secretary