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ASUP Flays MAUSTECH Transition Committee

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The Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP), Moshood Abiola Polytechnic (MAPOLY) chapter has said it no longer has confidence in the Transition Committee converting the polytechnic to the Moshood Abiola University of Science and Technology (MAUSTECH).

It is also concerned about the fate of present students of the institution when the new university and the Ogun State Polytechnic begin operation in September.

In a statement signed by its Chairman and General Secretary, Comrades Kola Abiola and Lekan Adebayo following the union’s Congress Thursday last week, ASUP accused the Committee led by Prof Peter Okebukola of putting its members in the dark about its activities thereby creating an atmosphere of suspicion.

The union recalled how its members went on strike July 13, when Okebukola directed all workers of the Polytechnic to reapply for employment into the proposed MAUSTECH.

It sought the intervention of the Ogun State Governor, Ibikunle Amuson, an alumnus, who promised that the union would be more involved in the activities of the Okebukola-led committee.

However, the statement noted ASUP was shocked that after suspending the strike, members of the committee had been making provocative statements in the media.

Following this development, ASUP wrote two separate letters on July 14 and 19 to the Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Mrs. Modupe Mujota, to confirm Amosun’s promises but had received no acknowledgment of the letters as at press time.

ASUP is also urging the committee to clarify certain gray areas about the proposed transition.

The statement read: ”The major questions which we intended to ask the Committee but which we were not given opportunity are: Has MAPOLY transmuted to MAUTECH? Or is Ogun State Polytechnic a newly created institution? If Ogun State Polytechnic is a new creation, is it registered with the regulatory agency- the National Board for Technical Education (NBTE)? What are the approved programmes of the study for MAUSTECH and the Ogun State Polytechnic? What are the resources on ground to facilitate the approval to commence operation in the Ogun State Polytechnic?

The union continued: “How is MAUSTECH and Ogun State Polytechnic going to be funded, especially the funding of overhead costs in the short-run? How do they ensure on a sustainable basis, the payment of salaries of over 700 staff of MAPOLY? This is a pertinent question, given the fact that presently salaries are mainly sourced from school fees paid, and especially now that admission is being suspended and even the new University and Ogun State Polytechnic will of necessity admit less number of students (being a new institution of learning).

“What becomes of the present ND 1, ND 2, HND 1, and HND 2 students of MAPOLY? Is it possible to just move them into the new Ogun State Polytechnic even when we are not sure of which programmes the NBTE would approve for commencement? What happens to the applicants into ND 1, and HND 1 programmes of MAPOLY for the 2017/2018 session?

“We want to state for the umpteenth time that we are in no way averse to be upgrading of MAPOLY into a University but we are concerned with leaving an enduring legacy that will stand the test of time”.

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