Lecturers at The Polytechnic, Ibadan have dissociated themselves from the ongoing strike declared by the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics.

Recall that the union directed polytechnic lecturers to down tools when the initial ultimatum elapsed in March 2020 as the Federal Government failed to address their needs.

ASUP demanded the implementation of a new salary structure and prompt payment of outstanding salaries by some state governments.

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However, lecturers at the polytechnic, Ibadan failed to participate in the industrial action, as the union has no leader in the institution.

One of the lecturers, Mr Biodun Akere, said students are still receiving lectures as planned in the academic calendar.

He added, “Our students and lecturers are on campus, with normal academic activities going on unhindered.

“We are not complying with the industrial action declared by ASUP because our local branch doesn’t have any leadership as at present.”

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Speaking on condition of anonymity, another lecturer explained that the lecturers did not receive any directive as the school has no ASUP chairman.

Reports have it that the Prof. Olatunde Fawole-led administration banned the institution’s chapter of ASUP over its alleged involvement in electoral frauds.

Consequently, the school’s management filed a lawsuit against the union when Mr Ajadi Kelena was the chapter’s chairman. However, the case is still pending in court.

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Polytechnic lecturers complied in other institutions as they boycotted classes as directed by the ASUP leadership on Tuesday, April 6, 2021.


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