By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
Academic Staff Union of Polytechnic (ASUP), members at the Oke-Ogun Polytechnic, Saki on Monday shunned the attendance register opened by the Governing Council (GC) of the institution for the striking workers of the institution.
New Nigerian gathered that contrary to the go back to work order by the Institution’s Governing Council as contained in a communique issued last Thursday, the striking lecturers ignored the attendance register opened by the management to converged on the car park of the institution’s Administrative Building and addressed newsmen.
The striking ASUP members in a press statement jointly signed by their Chairman, Comrade Muyiwa Olawumi and Secretary, Comrade Sikiru Isiak, the Oke – Ogun Polytechnic ASUP declared that the purported suspension of ASUP activities by the Governing Council was ” unconstitutional, illegal, null and void”.
ASUP in the statement described the Governing Council’s action of purportedly suspending its activities as “outdated, humiliating, degrading, archaic, ex – communicating, barbaric, embarrassing, dictatorial, provocative and undemocratic” adding that “the Governing Council’s action of coercing lecturers to resume” was uncalled for when negotiation window as contained in its (union) response to the purported Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) had not been exhausted.
The union stressed further that the Governing Council “cannot go outside its statute to usurp the power vested in the Registrar of Trade Unions under Trade Union Act.”
The Oke Ogun ASUP then demanded the “outright payment of all outstanding arrears, 10 months unremitted cooperative deductions, 7 months of full salary.”,saying, “our patience and sacrifice have been stretched beyond limit”.
New Nigerian learnt that as at 4 p.m. on Monday, when the deadline given by the Governing Council to the striking lecturers to sign the register lapsed, only 3 out of 108 members of the Oke Ogun Polytechnic ASUP members have signed.
It will be recalled that the Institution’s Governing Council had last Thursday after an emergency meeting at the Oyo state Ministry of Education, suspended the activities of the academic staff union and directed that all academic activities should resume at the institution immediately.
In a communique issued at the end of the meeting and jointly signed by the trio of the Chairman, Professor Moshood Tijani; the Chairman, Council Negotiation Committee, Mr. Folorunsho Ayinla; and Registrar/Secretary to Council, Mr. A.O. Ojewole, the council also instructed the management of the polytechnic to put up a register in the Registrar’s Conference Room for all academic staff to sign in and that signing of the register would close by 4. 00 p.m on Monday, September 10, 2018, indicating that any member of staff who fails to comply with the directive should consider his or her job lost.