Calm Returns to LASPOTECH after Protest

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By Modupe Gbadeyanka

Report reaching us indicates that normalcy has returned to the Lagos State Polytechnic (LASPOTECH) after protest broke out at the school recently.

Management of the polytechnic has urged the warring factions to allow peace to reign, especially now that the students have resolved to allow the state government find a lasting solution to the issue that led to the protest.

Not too long ago, there was unrest in the institution after a circular from the National Board for Technical Education (NBTE) on the issue of CONTISS 15 Migration for Staff on CONTISS 11 and below.

This made the three staff unions of the school; the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP), Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Polytechnics (SSANIP) and Non-Academic Staff Union (NASU) to embark on a protest demanding for migration in October 2016.

Deputy Registrar, Information and Public Relations, Mr Olanrewaju Kuye, said in a press statement that the students and the three unions have been advised to embrace peace and always explore dialogue for a smooth-running academic programme.

Mr Kuye assured the public that the situation has been brought under control.

He said the circular of the salary scheme was received in the year 2014 with effective date from July 2009, while the institution commenced the implementation in October 2016 after the strike action embarked upon by the staff unions.

“The issue at hand now is the unions’ request for the payment of the 87 months’ arrears (July 2009 to September 2016) which the state government is already looking into with the involvement of all the relevant Ministries, Departments and Agencies,” the statement said.

It said that the state government appealed for more time to address the issue holistically as contained in a letter dated May 31, 2017 and which was communicated to the unions through the Governing Council of the polytechnic.

“Unfortunately, the government’s position did not go down well with the unions as they wanted the issue resolved on or before Monday, June 5, 2017.

“The unions, therefore, embarked on a fresh strike action, which infuriated the students who also mobilised to demand for continuation of lectures,” the statement explained.

It, however, asked the members of the various unions to bury the hatchets and allow the state government to address the issue holistically as requested and find a lasting solution to the problem.

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