University status: Owo ASUP lauds initiative, demands inclusion

By Sule Samson
& Favour Norberth


The Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP), Rufus Polytechnic Polytechnic (RUGIPO) chapter, Owo, has commended the idea of turning the polytechnic into a university.

While describing the initiative as a laudable development, the Chairman of the union, Arikawe Ade, expressed concerns over the salary arrears of its members. 

Arikawe also demanded inclusion in the process and operation of the institution, should it eventually attain a university status. 

“As it is, the union is averse to any plan, however conceived, that will not put into consideration the interests of academic staff members in the institution.

“Because the proposed University will not be starting on a tabula rasa, rather it will inherit the infrastructure, location, goodwill of the community and other resources of the predecessor institution (RUGIPO), ASUP demands that its members (who are all qualified with most parading PhDs or in various stages of completing same) should necessarily migrate to the proposed University, while the fine details of such migration could be dealt with as necessary.

“This is the case with other Polytechnics or Colleges of Education in Nigeria that have been converted to University, and the Union will not accept anything short of this,” he said.

 Arikawe called for quick intervention in terms of payment of lecturers’ salaries, notional promotions, teaching aids and infrastructural upliftment of the institution.

RUGIPO ASUP appreciated Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu for reinstating the erstwhile Chairman of the union, Ijawoye Rafiu, sacked for fighting for workers’ rights.

The union also wished the governor a quick recovery so he could continue the good work he is doing in the Sunshine State.

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