Amosun says MAPOLY students to pay for damages during Abeokuta protest

Amidst MAPOLY students protests, Ogun govt claims NBTE okays 18 courses at Ipokia poly

Governor Ibikunle Amosun has said that all the students of the Moshood Abiola Polytechnic, Abeokuta will pay for all the public assets they damaged during their violent protests on Tuesday in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital.

During the protests at Panseke/Ibara axis, the students destroyed billboards, and material being used for the construction of the pedestrian bridge in the area.

Amosun gave this indication while reacting to the violent protest at the ongoing meeting of the National Executive Council of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) in Abeokuta.

The governor also said that the striking lecturers of the polytechnic will not be paid salaries for the period they were on strike, while asking them to return to classrooms.

Amosun assured that his administration will soon announce the rector and members of the governing council of the State Polytechnic at Ipokia.

The governor also spoke on the number of programmes already accredited by the National Board for Technical Education (NBTE) for the new polytechnic.

Meanwhile, Police have restored normalcy to Panseke/Ibara axis of abeokuta, the Ogun State capital, after the violent protests by students of Moshood Abiola Polytechnic (MAPOLY), Abeokuta.

The students who initially made bonfire on roads in the axis, later upgraded their protests into a violent one.

This forces shops and offices in the area to hurriedly close to avoid being attacked by the protesting students.

Armed policemen deployed later to contain the spread of the violence, fired tear gas canister to disperse them, and arrested some of them.

The students are protesting the uncertainty over their fate in the institution, following the upgrading of the polytechnic into a university, and the establishment of Ogun State Polytechnic, Ipokia.

Following the uncertainties, MAPOLY lecturers had for the past three months being on strike, students, have been stranded in the institution, unable to write their semester examination.

The students began their protests on Monday, blocking the junction of NNPC Mega Filling Stations at Oke Mosan for more than four hours, and left after failing to meet with Governor Ibikunle Amosun.

They however, warned on Monday that the street protests will last five days.

 

 

 

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