Few days after the news of the indefinite strike by the Unions in the Lagos State Polytechnic (LASPOTECH) chapter became public knowledge, events in the school has taken a new turn.
Presently, lecturers, staff members and students have commenced a daily protest across the various campuses to press home their demands.
Earlier today, the protesting staff members blocked the Deputy Rector Academics, Nurudeen Senayon, from entering the Administrative Block of the institution.
During the protest march which involved members of the three Unions – Academic Staff Union of Polytechnic (ASUP), Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Polytechnic (SSANIP) and Non-Academic Staff Union (NASU) – the protesters demanded all its demands are met by the management.
Meanwhile, InsideMainland exclusively gathered that security operatives attached to the Lagos State Police Command, Civil Defence, Directorate of State Security Services, and the LASPOTECH security team were seen across the school with arms while the staff members protest.
In addition, the Rector of the institution, Mr. Olayinka Sogunro went across the various departments in the institution to take attendance of members in a bid to force the striking lecturers to return to class.
Speaking on this, a lecturer in the institution said: “Heavily armed Police, Civil Defence and School security officers were walking around the school in a bid to harass us to go to classes.
“Helicopters were hovering in the sky while the Rector visit departments to take attendance of lecturers around. This is happening because the management want to enforce the notice for interlocutory injunction filed by the State government before the National Industrial Court sitting in Lagos to restrain the unions from embarking on another strike.
“We have decided to go on daily protests now to iron home our point.”
Recall that the State Government recently filed a suit against the striking Unions before the National Industrial Court sitting in Lagos to restrain the unions from embarking on another indefinite strike action.
In a direct response, the Academic Unions in the institution described the information as false saying “it is a deliberate attempt by the Lagos State functionaries/ LASPOTECH management to cause and create confusion among the members of the unions.”