Ogun: Abiodun’s presence would avert the shut down of the Only Institution name after MKO- ASUP

Lecturers at the Moshood Abiola Polytechnic, Abeokuta under the aegis of the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics have lamented the poor state of facility in the institution, said Abiodun’s presence would avert the looming shut down of the school.

The lecturers demanded for the attention of the Ogun state governor, Dapo Abiodun before the 21 days ultimatum expires.

You'll recall that the Union had slammed 21 days ultimatum on the government of the state and the management of the institution to attend to all their demands, including appointment of a substantive rector.

The Union stated that their demands have been processed to the state government, but, there have been no development in the Polytechnic.

This was contained in a communiqué jointly signed by the Union chairman, Babatunde Osifalujo and the General Secretary, Tomisi Adegunle.

According to the union, the dwindling quality of education being given to the students population was as a result of almost non-existence of power supply and materials for practical in the various laboratories.

The lecturers further stated that major challenges facing the polytechnic have dragged over the years, adding that their demands have not been attended to by governor Abiodun.

The communique reads: “Failure of the government and Management to respond to the NBTE normative document sent to the government through the Management of the institution.

“The continuing reluctance of the government to domesticate the Federal Polytechnic Act. The sustenance of the Polytechnic solely on internally generated revenue.The failure of the government to announce a substantive Rector for the institution. The persistent neglect of Ogun State government and the Management of the Moshood Abiola Polytechnic to the plight of staff welfare.”

The union however made a list of 10 demands from the state government to salvage the dwindling state of the Polytechnic.

They are; “The improvement of electricity supply in the Polytechnic as the non-availability of power supply has become inimical to lecture deliveries and is depriving students from having hands on practical in various laboratories, studios and workshops.

“The Ogun State Government should urgently domesticate and implement the Federal Polytechnic (Amendment) Act, 2019 in Moshood Abiola Polytechnic as specified by NBTE as a condition for the much-awaited accreditation and as a standard of measure in running an of efficient Polytechnic in Nigeria (please see the attached for emphasis).

“The practice of 100% reliance on internally generated revenue (IGR) as the only source of monthly wages/salaries payments in the Polytechnic should be truncated herewith as the Union calls on the government of Ogun State to rise up to its responsibilities as the owner and employer of labour in the Polytechnic.

“Moshood Abiola Polytechnic is an Ogun State Government owned institution and should not be run like a private entity, as such the practice of the government advancing financial aid to the Polytechnic for salary payment in time of need/IGR insufficiency and later claim it as a loan even with interest charges to the institution or in lieu of MAPOLY statutory allocations for several months had further impoverish the Polytechnic and it is not acceptable to us.

“Appointment of substantive Rector and convocation of a progressive Governing Council which we have been denied and negatively impacting on the smooth running of the Polytechnic since 2018. Again, this will redress the incessant delay in salary approval and payment.

Implementation and payment of minimum wages for workers in the Polytechnic in accordance with the NBTE template, including arrears, as already being enjoyed by our counterparts in the Ogun State civil service effective from October 2021.

“Remittance of 55 months accumulated pension deductions from staff salaries accompanied with its counterpart funding by the Polytechnic to the respective Pension Fund Administrators (PFAs) for each members of staff.

“Implementation of all back-log of appointments and promotions of staff; including the conclusion of appointments for 2018 and the commencement of promotions for 2020.

“Payment of over 27 months outstanding check-off dues deductions to the union”.

The union ordered that their demands be met within 21 days ultimatum, adding that failure to do so will lead to declaration of an industrial dispute by the Union.

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