Mapoly Lecturers Suspend Industrial Action

Education Minister Warns Against Poor Delivery Of SDGs ProjectsLecturers at the Moshood Abiola Polytechnic in Abeokuta, the Ogun state capital have suspended their three months industrial action which has paralyzed academic activities in the institution

Speaking to journalists on the development the chairman of the Academic Staff Union Of Polytechnics in the institution, Mr Kola Abiola, said the suspension became imperative in order to give room for further discussion with the state government on some grey areas of disagreement

The lecturers had embarked on an industrial action to press home their demands on some issues bothering on the relocation of the institution to Ipokia area of the state.

”Today we had an emergency Congress after several appeals of eminent stakeholders within far and the state, the Congress, therefore, decided that we suspend the strike so that we will give the state government to find solutions in all the areas we have raised issues.”

”If you look at our communiqué that are available to you, you will find out that all of them are there, but we didn’t want to go into contentious issues now, the government has all our key issues with them, all the things that we have highlighted are with the government, for the sake of the system that the system might continue to run,” he said

”You all remembered that when the crisis starred we actually went to all those prominent issues to intervene and now that they have intervened we think it is high time to give them the room for discussion and education to continue going on while the academic activities in school can also go on.”

”We have suspended the strike, it remains we should wait for the management to announce when academic activities will commence, we have suspended our strike.”

”We are hoping all thing to be equal, but it seems to be that this is.just a fire brigade approach, you will know that we have never been involved in fire brigade, before we went on strike we have started sensitizing the public about what is going on, since July we have been crying to the public concerning what is going on, and it continues until September before we went on strike, and we felt that the people that have intervened cannot do anything we wouldn’t have suspended the strike, we know that people that have intervened mean well developed for the state in general”

”Maybe those people that are intervening, maybe the government is talking to them, the government policy has been that they don’t want to talk to us, we are not talking to the government, maybe the people that are intervening are talking on our behalf, at the point in time we have an intermediary that we are talking with maybe those are the people they are referring to.”

”I think if there is anybody that has an instrument of blackmailing it should be the government, we never blackmail anybody and I can’t remember any interview or communiqué that has been done by Mapoly ASUP that insulted or blackmail the government, in all our communiqué we treated them well, we are not politicians it’s still the matter the way it is. You can go to all our communiqué and see if you can find any blackmailing information,” he concluded

PHOTOS: Police Flood Panseke Over MAPOLY Students’ Protest

The Ogun State Police Command has deployed personnel to forestall any breakdown of law and order by some students in Abeokuta, the state capital.

This comes amid series of protests by students of the Moshood Abiola Polytechnic (MAPOLY) over the delay in the conduct of examinations since September.

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While the students claim the demonstration has been staged peacefully, police officers and patrol vehicles were stationed on Wednesday at strategic places, including Panseke where students were said to have been meeting.

Academic activities at MAPOLY have been grounded for the past three months following a faceoff between the state government and members of the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP) in the institution.

The lingering disagreement between the government and lecturers of the institution is reported to be a fallout of the relocation of the institution to Ipokia, also in Ogun State.

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MAPOLY Students’ Protest: Police Take Over Panseke

Operatives of the Ogun State Police Command have intervened in the ongoing protest by students of the Moshood Abiola Polytechnic in Abeokuta.

The personnel of the command took over the Panseke area of the state capital on Wednesday, one of the places where students have been protesting against the delay in holding their examinations since September.

Students from the institution had commenced what they said would be a week-long protest on Monday.

PHOTOS: Police Flood Panseke Over MAPOLY Students’ Protest

Dressed in black attires, the students marched through the major streets of Abeokuta with different placards, demanding that the school should be reopened for normal academic activities.

The protest which continued on Tuesday also disrupted normal business activities, including the movement of vehicles and commuters.

To stop the protest and allow commercial activities, armed riot policemen were deployed in areas where the students protest, including Panseke which is a major market in the state capital.

Police Public Relations Officer, Mr Abimbola Oyeyemi, said that the deployment was part of efforts by the Command to keep the peace in the state.

“Since the so-called peaceful protest by the students of Moshood Abiola Polytechnic has turned violent, the Ogun State Police Command in line with our constitutional duty has deployed policemen to strategic places in Abeokuta, to forestall wanton destruction of properties as embarked by the students.

“Parents are, therefore, advised to warn their wards not to allow themselves to be used for criminal acts,” Oyeyemi informed Channels Television via text message.

Academic activities at MAPOLY have been grounded for three months as a result of a faceoff between the state government and members of the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP) in the institution.

The lingering disagreement between the state government and lecturers of the institution is reported to be a fallout of the relocation of the institution to Ipokia, also in Ogun State.

MAPOLY Students Protest Delay In Semester Examination

Movement of vehicles and commuters was on Monday put on hold around major areas of Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital as students of Moshood Abiola Polytechnic (MAPOLY) embarked on a protest.

The students of the Ogun State-owned institution are protesting the delay of their semester examination, demanding the immediate resolution to the impasse on the inability of the students to have the examination.

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Dressed in black attires, the students holding different placards matched through major streets of Abeokuta. They demand an immediate action by government to have their institution reopened for normal academic activities.

The students also demand the commencement of their semester examination after they have stayed at home for three months.

“We suppose to have written our examination on September 18 but ASUP MAPOLY used that as a negotiation tool with Ogun State Government. As it is today, for the past three months, we have not been able to write the examination and there is no green light if we are going to write the examination, this year,” one of the students who spoke with Channels Television said.

There had earlier been a faceoff between the state government and members of the Academic Staff Union Polytechnics (ASUP) of the Moshood Abiola Polytechnic chapter which has led to an industrial action that has paralysed academic activities in the institution for three months.

The disagreement between the state government and lecturers of the institution is reported to be due to the relocation of the institution to Ipokia in Ogun State and it has remained unsolved.

NUC Upgrades MAPOLY To University Of Science, Technology

NUC Upgrades MAPOLY To University Of Science, TechnologyThe National Universities Commission (NUC) has granted a certificate of operations to the Ogun State government for the upgrade of the Moshood Abiola Polytechnic (MAPOLY), Abeokuta into Moshood Abiola University of Science and Technology.

The Executive Secretary of the NUC, Professor Abubakar Rasheed, presented the institution’s recognition letter to the State Governor Ibikunle Amosun.

Speaking at the presentation ceremony on Monday in Abuja, Governor Amosun expressed delight at the progress and promised to make the school of global best standards.

In a related development, the Olabisi Onabanjo University, also in Ogun State, was rated the best state university in Nigeria for its sterling academic performances.

ASUP Strike Paralyses Academic Activities At MAPOLY

ASUP Strike Paralyses Academic Activities At MAPOLYThe ongoing warning strike by the members of the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP) has paralysed academic activities at the Moshood Abiola Polytechnic (MAPOLY) in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital.

Southwest Zonal Chairman of ASUP, Mr Olawale Olatunji, said that the union had resolved to embark on a warning strike at its emergency NEC meeting held on January 25.

He explained that the industrial action was to call the attention of the government to critical issues affecting polytechnics across Nigeria.

Mr Olatunji noted that the warning strike became imperative in view of the “unconcerned posture of the Federal Government” to issues raised towards revamping polytechnic education from imminent collapse.

“As it were, the union has been in negotiation with government on the situation in the polytechnic sector. Our agitations centred on the need not to allow polytechnic education head towards a state of collapse.

“Our agitations range from the need for the implementation of the ‘needs assessment’ that was done in 2014, victimisation of union leaders in our polytechnics (and) the release of whitepaper on the removal of the discrimination against HND holders; it is obvious the government is not being sincere about these issues.

“In July 2016, the union informed the government about its intention to down tool if those demands were not met, (but) the Minister of Education appealed.

“The union stepped down in November (while) another move was made and we gave the government up till the end of 2016 but when no action was taken, we have to resort to a warning strike to press home our demands,” the ASUP Zonal Chairman said.

Ogun Govt. To Make MAPOLY Degree Awarding Institution

MAPOLY-Ogun State-Ibikunle Amosun Ogun State-owned Moshood Abiola Polytechnic (MAPOLY) in Abeokuta will soon become a degree awarding institution.

The Governor of Ogun State, Ibikunle Amosun, gave the hint on Thursday at the 14th convocation ceremony of the institution held at the school premises in the state’s capital, southwest Nigeria.

According to Governor Amosun, the upgrade is to put the institution on a sound footing to develop and deploy appropriate technologies and competences in the socio-economic development of Ogun State.

Restating the commitment of his administration towards qualitative and affordable education at all levels, he called for more public and private participation in the development of the education sector.

The Governor also admonished the graduating students to be good ambassadors of the country as well as make integrity and self-control their watch word.

In his remark, the Rector of MAPOLY, Oludele Itiola, called for the redirection of Nigeria’s intellectual development by nurturing graduates needed for the challenges of the 21st century.

Graduands were turned out in the schools of engineering, environmental studies, business and management studies, communication and technology, as well as science and technology for the awards of National and Higher National Diploma.

The graduation ceremony was for the 2009 through 2015 sets of MAPOLY.