LASPOTECH Crisis: Lagos govt heads to court


In a bid to forestall any activity capable of impeding academic continuity for students of the Lagos State Polytechnic, the state government has filed a motion on notice for interlocutory injunction before the National Industrial Court sitting in Lagos to restrain the unions from embarking on another strike action.

The Special Adviser to Governor Akinwunmi Ambode on Education, Obafela Bank-Olemoh, in a statement on Friday, said the originating processes and motion on notice for interlocutory injunction have been served on the three unions including the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP), Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Polytechnics (SSANIP) and Non-Academic Staff Union (NASU).

He said the government, since October 2016, has actively engaged and held discussions with the three unions based on their request that the Consolidated Tertiary Institutions Salary Structure (CONTISS) 15 Migration Scheme, developed in 2009 by the National Board for Technical Education (NBTE), be implemented with payment of the accruing 87 months’ arrears, computed to the tune of N1.7billion.

According to him, in the intervening months since the matter was first brought to the attention of the government, deliberations have been carried out through the Governing Council of the school and related MDAs specifically Ministries of Establishment, Training & Pension, Public Service Office (PSO), and Economic Planning & Budget in order to ensure that the matter was properly addressed.

Mr. Bank-Olemoh added that the state’s Ministry of Education also reached out to the NBTE to ascertain the exact provisions and mandate of the CONTISS 15 SALARY Migration Scheme noting that the response was that the demands of the unions were not in line with the provisions set out by the NBTE in 2009.

He wondered that despite the fact that a copy of the report, dated July 14, 2017, was sent to the Governing Council of Lagos State Polytechnic and circulated among the three staff unions, they had maintained their stance in asking for payment in arrears from 2009, called for a strike called for a strike.

Besides, Mr. Bank-Olemoh said the government was committed to entrenching stability in the state’s tertiary institutions and that regardless of the ongoing economic challenges across the country, it has continued to prioritise the funding and carrying out major infrastructural projects at state tertiary institutions in the past year, and recently increasing monthly subventions of all state institutions, with no arrears owed.

He however appealed to the three staff unions of Lagos State Polytechnic to apply fair judgment and consider the students of the institution, particularly those in their final year who would be adversely affected if they are not allowed to take their final exams.

“All members of staff and students are further advised to continue with their lawful activities on and off campus, as the state government will continue to pursue all necessary steps to ensure peace, stability and security in the Polytechnic.

“In this regard, all staff are hereby directed to resume work without further delay, while the management should monitor compliance and report same to the Ministry of Education,” Mr. Bank-Olemoh said.


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  • Adewuyi Mayowa


    Kindly ignore the rumour making rounds in media that, an ex-parte order has been granted the state to force the suspension of the ongoing strike by the unions. This information is false, and it is a deliberate attempt by the Lagos State functionaries/ LASPOTECH management to cause and create confusion among the members of the unions. We therefore appeal to the management to desist from this unhealthy and cheap propaganda as it doesn’t portray them in good light, and allow the court to do its work. What they failed to achieve through the court can’t be achieved through propaganda. It is true that they filed an ex-parte order in court twice ( on 1st and 3rd August) respectively, and the court struck out the motion on the two occasions. The court ruling goes thus: ” Order granted as prayed. The claimants motion ex-parte filed on August 1, 2017 at pages 1to 59 of the courts record is accordingly struck out as prayed for by the claimants counsel” this was granted by the court after the government counsel apply for withdrawal of the on filed document of August 1. They do this to perfect their documents, and re-filed same on the 3rd of August, and the dismiss their motion! Saying “…… In the circumstance, I find and hold that the claimants have failed to satisfy the court on the urgency of this application. I therefore decline to grant this motion ex-parte and dismiss same”. It is evident that the management has failed in securing an order through the back door to frustrate the unions legitimate fight on their demands for arrears of migration, the case hence was adjourned to 15th August for us to show appearance, but going by the court summons, victory to the unions is sure insha Allah! Because, the management’s claims were filled with untrue statements and flawed documents. Therefore, dear congress men and women, it’s your support and prayers that we need as we prepare to meet them in court come 15th August 2017. So, no cause for alarm, as victory is near! Aluta continua!!

    The attempt to get back door injunction was struck out, yet they went to press giving order. Just embarrassing the state. In response to the news that the National Industrial Court granted the motion Exparte ordering members of our Union to resume work, we make bold to say that the motion exparte was dismissed. Therefore we reiterate the fact that it is only the court that can order resumption, kindly ignore ALL or ANY directive from the office of the PRO or ANY other agent of the administration. Pls see attached for clarification.
    Earlier today, the students led by the Student Union Excos walked on the organisers of Ready Set Work to protest the ongoing strike. It took the intervention of the Deputy Registrar (public relations & information) before normalcy could return at the venue of the programme.
    Please take note that the strike remains TOTAL & INDEFINITE.