Lagos Polytechnic students express relief over suspended strike

The students, however, lamented that the school calendar was disrupted.

Some students of the Lagos State Polytechnic, Ikorodu, on Tuesday expressed relief that the institution’s chapter of the Academic State Union of Polytechnics, ASUP, had suspended its strike which started a month ago.

They spoke in Lagos as they began to trickle into classes after the local ASUP chapter decided to return to classes.

The local chapter had taken the action in spite of the continuation of the strike by the national body which started on April 29.

A Mass Communication student in HND II, Omowunmi Oladipupo, said that she is happy to be back in school after being kept at home because of the strike.

“I am happy the strike has been suspended because our time was being wasted when the strike was going on,’’ she said.

Ms. Oladipupo said that the strike had disrupted her academic calendar.

“The academic calendar has been disrupted and this has drawn us back.

“The school was supposed to have resumed in April and students were slated to begin their second semester examinations in July.

“This cannot happen again because of the strike,” she said.

A student of Electrical Electronics Engineering in HND1, Friday Ojo, said that he was happy with the resumption of lectures. He urged the government to always honour its agreements to unions to avert industrial actions which were taking toll on the academic calendar.

Mr. Ojo said many students had not returned to school since the strike was suspended and he could not tell the reasons.

Obanla Adeyemi, another student of Mass Communication in HND II, said that the strike had affected the time frame of students writing their projects.

“The strike has affected students writing their projects, because they do not have access to their supervisors.

“The time frame for the project might not be enough now because some of the students will have to rush the projects due to pressure from their supervisors,” he said.

ASUP chairman in LASPOTECH, Arowolo Olatunji, said on Monday that the chapter decided to return to classes immediately because some of their demands had been met by the Lagos State Government.

Mr. Olatunji said they had an agreement with the state government over some local issues and these had been resolved so they had decided to return to classes.

The ASUP chairman, however, did not shed light on the agreements which had been met.

On the possible sanction which the local chapter could face from its parent body, Mr. Olatunji said that ASUP National Executive Council would still have to meet and deliberate on the reason behind their action.

He said it was the council that could decide on what would happen because of their action.

As the academic staff in the school returned to classes, the Non-Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics, NASUP, in the institution began a seven-day warning strike called by the national body.

The NASUP chairman in Yaba College of Technology, Ilesanmi Olatunbosun, said that the warning strike was called to draw attention of Federal Government to some demands in relation to an agreement with the government on wages, CONTISS 15.

The NASUP strike at the college came on the heels of another called by the Senior Staff Association of Nigeria Polytechnics (SSANIP).



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