Students gather in front of Laspotech gate on Tuesday 2nd May 2017 in anticipation to resume to normal academic activities but to no avail as Security guards prevented them from gaining access to the campus.
The Academic Staff Union of polytechnic Laspotech Chapter embarked in an indefinite strike on basis that the management was not willing to honour its agreement to the lecturers.
Akinrinlola Ibitoye, chairman of the chapter, said in a statement signed by Saheed Olatunde Jaji, the publicity secretary;
“It should be noted, that the Union has explored all peaceful and legal avenues to ensure that the avoidable strike is averted,”
“The Union has shown understanding enough, given supports where necessary to allow the management have a successful convocation ceremony despite the untold hardship being meted on workers by the management.
“The union resorted into emergency congress when it was obvious that the management was not showing any iota of willingness towards the agreement.
“It should be noted however that, this strike has nothing to do with His Excellency, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode or Lagos State Government, as the state government has graciously increased LASPOTECH’s subvention by 65 per cent with a caveat that the increase should take care of the arrears.
“The union is still opened to negotiation to ensure that industrial harmony is restored to the Polytechnic of Excellence and the academic calendar is not disrupted.”
In a press release by the management, the decision was taken to enable the state government to conclude deliberations on Countess 15 migration issue and come up with its definite position on the issue.
The release read that “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
“Staff and students are therefore advised to stay away at least 200 meters radius to any of the polytechnic campuses. Further directives will be duly communicated.”
However, the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnic, Lagos State Polytechnic branch issued another statement suggesting the Rector was planning to carry out rituals within the campuses of the institution during this period.
On a contrary, the union’s General Secretary, Mr. Olayinka Uthman noted that the close down was for another reason.According to him, “the Rector intends to carry out rituals as usual on our campuses and do not want such barbaric act exposed to staff and students”. He went on to declare the message as “null and void”.
According to him, “the Rector intends to carry out rituals as usual on our campuses and do not want such barbaric act exposed to staff and students.”
He went on to declare the message as “null and void”.
However, the President of the Students’ Union Government (SUG), Comrade Lawal Dauda described the situation as “highly unbearable” and called on the Lagos State Governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode to save the institution.