Activities at the Moshood Abiola Polytechnic, Abeokuta, have been grounded by staff of the institution.
For several hours, the staff including members of the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnic (ASUP) and non-academic staff of the polytechnic shut gates into the institution.
ASUP chairman, Kola Abiola alleges that the committee set up to upgrade the polytechnic into the Moshood Abiola University of Science and Technology issued a directive asking all the staff, including 250 lecturers to resign and re-apply for jobs in the university.
“As stakeholders, there is an adage which says, ‘you can’t shave a man’s head in his absence.’ Our hair is being shaved in our absence. Some people the governor gathered as transition committee have decided to do what they feel like doing without considering the plight of the people in the system and that was not the intention of the government,” he said.
“Professor Okebukola has said that we are all going to reapply again and one of the members of the committee, Ebenezer Nkom said on air that as from July 3, 2017, Moshood Abiola Polytechnic has ceased to exist, meaning that we don’t have jobs and we don’t have students again and that is what we don’t understand.”
The transition committee chairman, Professor Peter Okebukola, in a statement issued in Abeokuta, expressed concern over the allegation made by the polytechnic staff.
Okebukola explained that no staff will lose his or her job in either the new university or the Ogun State Polytechnic, Ipokia, adding that the committee from the first day of its assignment has been carrying along the unions and major stakeholders at the polytechnic.
At all the meeting, Okebukola said the committee assures the polytechnic of job security.
Meanwhile, Governor Ibikunle Amosun had met with the management of the polytechnic led by the Rector, Professor Oladele Itiola at the Governor’s Office, Oke Mosan, Abeokuta.
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