Following the ongoing joint strike action by 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), which commenced more than one week ago, the school management has reacted to the development.
According to a statement released by the management which was obtained by InsideMainland, the school authorities announced the commencement of a one-week recess. The recess which commences today, Tuesday, May 2, 2017 was to enable the school management conclude deliberations with the State government on CONTISS 15 migration and announce a position.
Stating its position in the ongoing strike, the LASPOTECH management disclosed that “it has come to the notice of the Management the effrontery of the General Secretary of ASUP giving directive to the entire staff and students of the Polytechnic to stay away from the Polytechnic as the Unions plan a complete breakdown of law and order in the Polytechnic until their demands are met. The Management frowns at this illegal directive and urge members of staff and students to always ignore such directive.”
“Management will always provide adequate security in the three campuses of the Polytechnic. In the same vein, the union leaders are urged to always comport themselves in a responsible manner and devoid of violence. Every worker has a right to strike but such, must be the last resort after the full exhaustion of all avenues for mediation and reconciliation, and where it becomes the only option, it must not be executed with violence. No member of staff is beyond disciplinary measure for misconduct irrespective of his or her status.
Management therefore seized this opportunity to sternly warn the union leaders to desist from issuing directives to staff and student as such misconduct will attract appropriate sanction,” the statement further reads.
Explaining the moves to ensure academic activities return to normal in the campuses of the school, the management said “on the issue of strike, the Management had already briefed the polytechnic community on the outcome of the last tripartite meeting at Alausa. Another tripartite meeting has been scheduled for Tuesday 2/5/10 by the state government. Representatives of the Governing Council are also attending.”
While announcing the one week recess, the school authority said, “in view of this development, the Management has declared one week recess starting from Tuesday May 2 2017 to enable the state government conclude deliberations on Contiss 15 migration issue and come up with its definite position on the issue. During this recess, no person will be allowed into any of the campuses of the polytechnic.
Staff and students are therefore advised to stay away at least 200 meters radius to any of the Polytechnic campus. Further directives will be duly communicated.”