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LASPOTECH joint union set to shutdown campuses with massive protest

The Lagos State Polytechnic (LASPOTECH) chapter of the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Polytechnic (SSANIP), Academic Staff Union of Polytechnic (ASUP) and the Non-academic Staff Union (NASU) are set to enforce a total shutdown of the Ikorodu, Isolo and Surulere campuses, over the management’s ‘militarisation’ of the institution to intimidate workers.
The unions have been at loggerheads with the management of the polytechnic for several months over the failure of the management to honour the agreement reached with the union on the payment of the CONTISS 15 migration arrears and other issues.
ASUP on the other hand has been on an indefinite strike which has rendered comatose, academic activities for the full time and part time programmes across the three campuses in the last one week.
Plans to embark on the protest to totally shutdown all activities at the Polytechnic was reached after a meeting of the leadership of the various unions.
The union leaders who frowned at the deployment of heavily armed security forces on the Polytechnic’s campuses to intimidate workers for embarking on the industrial action to demand for their rights, accused the management of declaring war on them.
According to Chairman of NASU, Semiu Fasasi,  “we find it so disappointing that the management could deploy heavily armed security personnel on the campus to intimidate law abiding and peace loving members of the unions who have been conducting themselves in an orderly manner since the commencement of the ASUP strike. Are we going to war?”
Fasasi lamented what he described as “the passionate and naked hatred” the Rector of the Polytechnic – Mr. Samuel Oluyinka Sogunro has for his Union and members and the determination of his Union members to resist the Rector with all their strength.
The union leaders also stated that “we also have it on good note that leaders of the SSANIP, ASUP and NASU have been placed on security watch by the management, while some of them have been invited by the various security apparatus in the state – like Police CID Panti, Nigeria Security & Civil Defence Corps, etc. over unfounded allegations leveled against them by the polytechnic management, all in the bid to intimidate and silence them for demanding their rights.
“Since they’ve declared war, we are going to give it to them, but as law abiding citizens we will not do anything that will jeopardize or threaten the peace of the State.
“We advise parents to call their children to stay off the polytechnic campuses as the management is desperate to do anything which could lead to the harassment and arrest of innocent students, we wouldn’t want any harm on the students, who are the reason why we are here,” the joint union said.

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