Olasunkanmi Akinlotan & Faruq Kushoro
Academic and non-academic Staff of Moshood Abiola Polytechnic, MAPOLY, Abeokuta have alleged that the governor of Ogun State Ibikunle Amosun is planning to clamp down on workers of the institution.
The unions said this in a press release made available to PLATFORM TIMES on Tuesday in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital.
The unions in a release jointly signed by the Chairmen of Non-Academic Staff Union, NASU, Kola Sopade; The Academic Staff Union of Polytechnic, ASUP, Babatunde Osifalujo and Senior Staff Association of Nigeria Polytechnics, SSANIP, Kola Olawunmi alleged that they have gotten feelers that the government was also planning to disband the three unions operating in the Polytechnic and as well sack all the executive officers of the Unions.
The Unions have been at loggerheads with the state government over the conversion of MAPOLY to Moshood Abiola University of Science and Technology, MAUSTECH and establishment of Ogun State Polytechnic in Ipokia area of the state.
The unions claimed that their sins ‘is that they were demanding for what is legitimately due to them’.
The Unions said they are in no way opposed to the genuine and laudable idea of the institutions or oblivious of the economic, social and political importance of setting up a higher institution in any community, but the welfare of the workforce should be guaranteed.
Enumerating the challenges, the unions noted that the government has placed an embargo on admission of students into MAPOLY which has crippled its IGR institution.
The union further added that the government is hurriedly transmuting the Polytechnic into a university without the willingness to fund, non-payment of outstanding salaries and allowances which is totalled at N170 million pensions deductions, amongst the cause of the imbroglio.
The unions further noted that no staff of MAPOLY is sure of his/her appointment status as there is no definite direction as to what happens to the personnel of the Institution since MAPOLY had been decreed to have expired.
They further alleged that it was no clear whether MAPOLY is transiting to MAUSTECH or MAPOLY is transiting to Ogun State Polytechnic, Ipokia.
They, however, appealed to the general public and well-meaning people of the State to prevail on the Governor not to embark on any action that will further pauperise their members.