In a bid to address the ongoing strike and turmoil at Moshood Abiola Polytechnic Abeokuta (MAPOLY), the Moshood Abiola Polytechnic Abeokuta Muslim Alumni (MAPAMA) has issued a press statement calling for a comprehensive solution to the institution’s problems.
The strike, which has led to the total shutdown of academic and non-academic activities for over a month, has raised concerns about the future of the once-prosperous institution.
MAPAMA expressed distress over the fact that MAPOLY, which once birthed four other Information and Communication Technology (ICT) polytechnics in the state, is now mired in crises that have persisted for five years without resolution.
The primary concern of the alumni group is the strike by MAPOLY workers, primarily due to the management’s failure to meet financial obligations, including four months of unpaid salaries, non-remittance of pensions to retired staff, and a suspension of staff promotions and appointments for several years.
These issues have added to the challenges faced by the institution, exacerbated by the recent reduction in admission quotas by the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB).
The reduction in admission quotas poses a significant threat to MAPOLY’s financial stability as its Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) has been affected. MAPAMA emphasized the need for all stakeholders to address this issue promptly.
While acknowledging the efforts of the current administration to salvage the institution from the crisis that arose from the proposed conversion of the Polytechnic to a University of Science and Technology in 2017, MAPAMA stressed that these efforts must be comprehensive and inclusive.
MAPAMA, in its press statement, called upon the state government, particularly the Governor who serves as the Visitor to the institution, to take a proactive role in resolving the ongoing crisis and restoring MAPOLY to its former strength and viability.
The alumni group proposed the convening of a stakeholders’ forum, which would bring together internal and external stakeholders, including corporate organizations, public-spirited individuals, alumni bodies, thought leaders, traditional and religious leaders, among others, to chart a new path for the institution.
This forum would not only discuss the current challenges but also consider the past, present, and future of MAPOLY.
In conclusion, the MAPAMA press statement, signed by Sulaimon Fasasi, urged the institution’s management and the state government to consider this proposal and initiate a dialogue that would ultimately lead to a lasting solution for the institution’s woes.
The alumni group hopes that through collective efforts, MAPOLY can regain its status as a strong, viable, and sustainable educational institution.
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