The Students of the Polytechnic who were supposed to write their exam this morning were seen standing in twos and threes while some didn’t leave their house following the released by the Institution Joint Union Committee to commence and Industrial strike action over non compliance of the State Government in implementing the new minimum wage.
You will recall that at a general meeting of academic and non-academic staff convened by a Joint committee of all Staff Unions, it was reiterated that the governing council, and by extension Oyo state government has repeatedly refused to implement the minimum wage for workers in the institution.
The Chairman of SSANIP, Abiodun Abegunde in his opening remarks commended the workers for their steadfastness so far and noted that the issue must be fought to a logical conclusion.
The Chairman of NASU, in his submission, noted that the Governing Council itself was incapacitated by the overreaching activities of the Consultant. He wondered why the management was willing to follow a directive from the NBTE to lock down the school, but unwilling to implement the wage structure approved by the same NBTE
The representative of academic staff, Nurudeen Akinade noted that the activities of the consultant is a clear negation of the edict setting up the institution and asked that such be rejected outrightly. He noted that no form of sabotage would prevent the achievements of the demands.
After which the Unions unanimously agreed to embark on Indefinite strike, which commence on the 11th of January 2021.
Among the affected students of the Institution who were affected are the HND 1 Electrical and Electronics Engineering Students, who were scheduled for an exam this morning.
At the point of filling this report, the students await official statement from the management.