From Fisayo Akinduro, Osogbo
Students of the Federal Polytechnic, Ede in Osun State have paralyzed all activities in the institution over the refusal of lecturers to resume classes.
The agitated students shut the gates of the institution and also made staff and management who had parked their cars in the school premises trek back to their various destinations.
According to a statement signed by the President of the Students Union, Kazeem Ajibade, the protest will continue until management and staff resolve their differences.
“If we stayed at home, the needful will never be done and our demands will not be met.
“It’s important to reiterate that the school gates will not be reopened and the vehicles of the management and lecturers will not move until the needful is done. We will not relent until we go back to class.
“The world needs to know how barbaric, wicked, inhumane, heartless and abominable the students are being treated by the management and the lecturers. Therefore, the media shall be invited to the campus tomorrow.
“We have paid our dues and we should not be left roaming about without receiving lectures. Many students risked their lives traveling down to school, many of us have abandoned our businesses and social activities to resume back to school.
“So far, our management and lecturers are not ready to cooperate. We will never “kowtow in their powwow.”
Reacting, Chairman of Academic Staff Union of Polytechnic, Nurudeen Masopa said their decisions are basically on three things. He said ASUP members come to work but are not entering classes.
“Firstly, the prevention protocols of COVID-19 put in place by the management is not satisfactory. After moving round, we told the management that the facilities are not enough but nothing has been done about it. This is not acceptable to us.
“Another important issue is the shortfall of our earned allowances that management to Federal Government that they have paid, but not paid to us.
“We have been on this matter since the beginning of this year, before pandemic. Three letters were sent to the management but nothing done about it. The management later agreed to pay two months out of forty-two months due to paucity of funds.
“However, information at our disposal said the management just made appointment of ad-hoc staff running to about 15 people less than three weeks ago.
“This is why we believe that there’s money. You can’t add to the wage bill if you say there’s no money. So we will continue to come to campus but not going to classes until our demands are met.
“I just want to appeal to students to take the matter easy and allow movement in and out of the school. That’s the only way we can have opportunity to sit with the management and discuss.” Masopa said.