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ASUP cautions members in Yabatech against unprofessional conducts

 

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ASUP cautions members in Yabatech against unprofessional conducts

 

 

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By Olayinka Olawale

Lagos, Feb. 14, 2019 (NNN) Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP), Yaba College of Technology Chapter  has cautioned its members to shun unprofessional conducts as they return to the classrooms.

Mr Nureni Yekini, Chairman of the chapter gave the advice in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NNN) in Lagos on Thursday.

Yekini was reacting to the suspension of the two months strike embarked upon by the union.

He said that all members had returned to their duty posts as directed by the National Executive Council (NEC) of the union on Feb. 13.

He said that the lecturers were happy to be back at their duty posts after a two-month-old strike.

He said “We have suspended the strike as directed by the union to return to the classroom.

“We have come back to work as we were directed by the national body.

“I urge all our members to shun unprofessional ethics that can tarnish the image of the union and the college.

“Yabatech is number one institution in the country and we cannot afford to be found wanting.

“Do your job diligently and passionately, irrespective of the situation and God will reward you, “ he said.

Speaking about the progress recorded during the strike, Yekini said the union had received parts of its demands from the Federal Government.

He said the union was able to secure funds for the payment of salary shortfalls and promotion arrears as well as implementation of the 2014 NEEDS assessment reports.

He said that some members of the union that were sacked by the Federal Polytechnic, Iree, had been reinstated by the institution’s management.

He said that the union was still working on the CONTISS 15 Migration and Polytechnic Act.

Mr Joe Ejiofor, Head, Public Relations unit of the college, said academic board of the college would hold an emergency meeting to review the school time-table following the suspension of ASUP strike.

Ejiofor said that a new academic calendar might be adopted after the meeting on Thursday.

NNN reports that the union embarked on an indefinite strike on Dec. 12, 2018 over the failure of the Federal Government to implement agreements reached with the union since 2009.

Some demands of the union include implementation of 2014 NEEDS assessment reports, payment of salary shortfall and promotion arrears among others. (NNN)

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Edited by Julius Toba-Jegede

 

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ASUP suspends planned strike to support fight against COVID-19

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The Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP) has said it will shelve its proposed strike to support the fight against the spread of COVID-19 pandemic across the country.

The ASUP President, Mr Anderson Ezeibe, said this in a statement on Sunday in Abuja.

Ezeibe said that the union’s 97th National Executive Council (NEC) meeting had resolved to embark on an industrial action after the expiration of a 15-day ultimatum issued to the Federal Government over its inability to meet up with agreement entered with the union.

He said that the 15-day ultimatum took effect on March 18 and expired on April 3.

“Consequent upon the inability of government to keep to agreements entered into with our union since 2010 and the avoidable shortcomings associated with payment of February salaries in federal polytechnics, our union’s 97th NEC meeting had resolved to embark on an industrial action.

“This was after the expiration of a 15-day ultimatum issued with effect from March 18 and which expired on April 3,” he said.

The ASUP president listed the key aspects of the dispute with government to include avoidable shortcomings in the deployment of the IPPIS payment platform in polytechnics with February salaries, against the union’s understandings with the responsible agency of government.

Others, he said, were non-payment of salaries in some state-owned institutions in the country, with some states owing members as much as 17 months’ salaries as well as continued victimisation of the union’s officials in some institutions.

Ezeibe also mentioned other issues as non-release of the agreed revitalisation fund in lieu of the anticipated implementation of the NEEDS Assessment Survey Report for Public Polytechnics, since 2014.

“Non-conclusion of the renegotiation of the union’s 2010 agreement with the government; violations of extant provisions of the Polytechnics Act (2019 Amendment) by the governing councils of some polytechnics.

“Unilateral suspension of the rapid response committee by the Federal Ministry of Education, leading to the non-release of promotion arrears since 2017.

“Also non-release of arrears of CONTISS 15 migration for the lower cadre and non-release of the Reviewed Scheme of Service and Conditions of Service for Polytechnics, among others,” Ezeibe stated.

He also explained that government, through its agencies, had remained insensitive to the issues over the years and had continued to demonstrate such attitude as seen in the delay in the release of March salaries of its members.

By so doing, Ezeibe said that government had unwittingly encouraged the declaration of the impending strike by the union.

He, however, said the union was concerned about the prevailing but unacceptable rate of the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic across the nation and its consequences on the national life and indeed, the humanity.

The ASUP president also said that the union was moved by the overriding need to collectively focus on and arrest the growing spread of the scourge in the country.

“The union has, therefore, resolved to put on hold its proposed industrial action for the overriding national interest and humanity, to resume at a more auspicious period.

“We encourage our members nationwide to play complementary roles to the extent of deploying their professional competences as well as participating in safe community action efforts in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We also want to encourage our members to observe the requisite safety protocols, as prescribed for this challenging period and beyond.

“While our union has decided on this path of patriotism, it is expected that government will provide the enabling environment to ensure an all-encompassing and sustainable victory against not only the COVID-19 pandemic, but also against other similar diseases ravaging our country,” he said.

Edited By: Ifeyinwa Omowole and
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Federal Poly Bida ASUP to call off 4-month strike by Friday

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The National Board for Technical Education (NBTE) has mediated a settlement in the industrial dispute between the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP) and management of Federal Polytechnic Bida, Niger State.

The Executive Secretary of NBTE, Dr Masaudu Kazaure, told the Nigeria News Agency on Monday in Kaduna that the resolution was achieved after several hours of discussions.

He said both parties have agreed to the terms of the resolution and the union is expected to call off its four-month-old strike.

Kazaure said that the meeting was purposely to discuss and proffer solutions to the strike by ASUP.

“The meeting today is to address the issues and problems at the Federal Polytechnic Bida.

“We are also aware of the problems going on between the management of the polytechnic and the union in the school, which has left the school in national limelight.

“It was unfortunate and we felt the need to call the attention of the leaders and the council to discuss extensively; we did this last year but they didn’t heed to the advice we gave them.

“This time around, we have read the riot act and we have reached a resolution of which whoever breaches the resolution would be dealt with. We are not going to allow them hold the institution to ransom.

“It is getting to about two years now, last time I called them was February last year, it was long they had the impasse, our next point of action is to make sure we implement the resolution and deal with anybody who breaches it,’’ Kazaure said.

The Rector of the polytechnic, Dr Abubakar Dzukogi, said the strike had crippled the educational progress of the students.

“All the lingering issues have been thoroughly discussed by this peace move initiated by the executive secretary and we hope once the resolutions reached are implemented, it would enable permanent peace in our polytechnic.

“The interest of the students, the system and the polytechnic is what should be paramount to us.

“The institution will be opened on or before Friday as directed by this peace committee,” Dzukogi said.

The ASUP Chairman, Abubakar Dan-Asabe, expressed happiness that a resolution had finally been reached and normalcy would return to the polytechnic.

He said that non payment of the lecturers allowances for three years and other issues prompted the union to embark on the strike.

“We all know that every academic session in any institutions, money is generated from IGR that should take care of these allowances.

“The allowances moreover are meager compared to the over N2 billion being generated by the polytechnic, the allowances in question is just about N100 million,” he said.

“The academic staff who had discharged their duties are therefore expected to get their allowances.

“For these three years of default of payments, the polytechnic had generated over six billion Naira,” Dan-Asabe added.

Edited By: Bayo Sekoni/Maharazu Ahmed

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KASUPDA demolish 10 shops in Kaduna

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19 The Kaduna State Urban Development Authority (KASUPDA), has demolished 10 shops in Sabon Tasha, Chikun Local Government Area of Kaduna State.

Mr Nuhu Garba, the Public Relations Officer of the agency made this known on Friday, while giving the reason for the demolition in Kaduna.

Garba said that the demolition was in accordance with Gov. Nasir El-Rufia’s Urban Renewal Programme targeted at providing modern infrastructure in the state.

“The demolition was not as a result of the gas explosion that took place as perceived by some people in the market, but the decision was for government to build an ultra-modern market.”

He said that the occupants of the shop had been issued eviction notice since November last year with reasons for the issuance.

“The land was given as a temporal allocation which would be revoked when the government needs it or when public interest arises.”

Garba confirmed that the land behind the shops owned by the government was affected.

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ASUP calls for full implementation of amended Polytechnics Act, 2019

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The Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP) on Wednesday called for full implementation of the Federal Polytechnics (Amendment) Act, 2019.

National President of the union, Mr Usman Dutse, made the call at the opening ceremony of the 15th National Delegates Conference (NDC) of ASUP held at the Federal Polytechnic, Ilaro in Ogun.

The Nigeria News Agency reports that the conference which kicked off on Dec. 4 would last till Dec. 7.

Dutse said that the Act, which was signed by President Muhammadu Buhari in June, had not been fully implemented.

He said that barely six months after the Act was signed into law, not much had been achieved.

“You can see how the Federal Government put pressure on us on IPPIS issue; if it is their interest, they will put pressure.

“Some Rectors had forced the union members to be enrolled in the scheme, but this act that will benefit the system and workers, has not been implemented.

“Now, there is a letter from the ministry, forwarded by NBTE, that some provisions of the act should not be implemented until next year.

“That is why we are asking, why the alteration? They altered other areas, and they said the council should remain till next year.

“We are not against the council being delayed till next year, but there are some council members that the act has removed.

“We want them to know that there is need for them to take action in that regard,” he said.

The ASUP president said some of the lingering issues would be discussed at the business sessions at the ongoing conference and take position as NDC was the highest decision making body of the union.

“Our delegates are here, our NEC members are here and LOC are here, we will look at the issues and take a decision,” Dutse said.

He urged the Federal Government to be up and doing, and as well attach much importance and attention to technological education.

According to him, in their speeches, they praised and talked about technical education, but when it comes to funding and attention, the sector received the least.

In his remarks, Dr Masa’udu Kazaure, Executive Secretary, National Board for Technical Education (NBTE), commended the foresight of the union in accepting the government’s policy on IPPIS.

Kazaure, represented by Dr Olusegun Aluko, Rector, Federal Polytechnic, Ilaro, described the union’s stance as patriotic and commendable.

The executive secretary said he was of firm belief that ASUP would have no cause to regret its action.

“From the records, ASUP elections are democratic and rancor-free, which manifests in the excellent fellowship.

“It is my fervent prayer that this NDC will not be different,” he said.

Kazaure congratulated the outgoing leadership of the union for a successful tenure.

He said that their reign had redefined ASUP/Government relationship.

Kazaure also commended the union for its doggedness in the actualisation of the amendment of the Federal Polytechnic Act.

He said similar approach was used by the union to get the government to sign the Memorandum of Settlement, which paved way for NBTE to review its normative instruments, compelling proprietors of institutions to regular payment of salaries and allowances.

Also, Prof. Abubakar Sadaoki, urged management and governing council of various polytechnics to find a common ground with the union for peace to reign in their respective institutions.

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ASUP condemns suspension of members in Bida poly

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Lagos, Nov. 23 The Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP), has condemned the suspension of 10 members of the union by the management of Federal Polytechnic, Bida.

Mr Usman Dutse, ASUP National President in an interview with Nigeria News Agency on Saturday in Lagos, said that union officials should not be victimised unnecessarily.

Dutse said the union officials were queried without any investigation and suspended.

“We are not going to tolerate that kind of victimisation because it has become the culture of our institutions to sack union officials anytime they kick against any doubtful activities of the management,” he said.

NAN reports that the management of the Federal Polytechnic Bida, Niger state, had on Nov. 20 suspended the Chairman of the Bida Chapter of ASUP, Umar Sarganuwan and some officials.

The Deputy Regisrar, Information and Protocol of the institution, Malam Hussaini Mohammed, in a statement said they were  suspended for publishing false and misleading information about the polytechnic in the media.

Other members suspended alongside the chairman include Ndako Mohammed (Vice-Chairman), Ukagha Laretu Nnena (Treasurer), Yusuf Yakubu (Secretary-General), Owoeye David (Assistant Secretary), and Yaman Mohammed (Welfare).

The rest are Dodo Alhaji (Auditor), Baba Mohammed (Financial Secretary), Chikezie Enyeazu (PRO) and Gbate Mohammed (Ex-officio).

The ASUP president said similar incident happened in Rufus Giwa Polytechnic Owo, IMT Enugu, and Federal Polytechnic Mubi.

According to him, the development in Federal Polytechnic Bida, is an unfortunate development because there is conflict between the union and the management with regard to what they termed as illegal recruitment.

“The situation which made members of the union to be apprehensive because already the college is experiencing shortfall in their salaries.

“Every month, the union members collect their salaries less by 10 per cent because the management said that what they are collecting as wage bill from the Federal Government was short by 10 per cent.

“The institution now went ahead to recruit 141 workers.

“The irony here is that when the management is complaining that they don’t have enough to pay salaries, now you are recruiting additional 141 staff. How are you going to pay them?

“That was when the union became apprehensive and they challenged the recruitment,” he said.

Dutse said the union also discovered that the letter of recruitment was also back dated, adding that was why the union said that there was something fishy about it.

He said the union complained to the management and there was no response so the union went to the media.

“The management then queried them for the reaction in the media and also suspended all the union executive, about 10 of them.

“It is an unfortunate development and an attempt by government to continue to suffocate union activities in their institutions.

“We believe unionism is a right, workers have the right to unionise, and have the right to challenge decision that they feel is inimical to their own welfare.

“The management action is completely condemned by the national body.

“We are calling on the Federal Government to intervene and investigate. Our members should not be victimised unnecessarily,” he said. 

Edited By: Yakubu Uba/Ese E. Ekama
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ASUP may consider IPPIS enrolment for members

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The Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP), has hinted that the body was considering the enrolment of its members into the Integrated Personnel and Payroll Information System (IPPIS) to promote industrial peace and harmony.

Its National President, Mr Usman Dutse, at the end of an Emergency meeting with officials of the Accountant General of the Federation in Abuja, said the union’s fears had been allayed.

Nigeria News Agency , recalls that the body had all along expressed its reservations on joining the scheme, citing the autonomy it enjoyed as well as the peculiarities associated with the academic environment.

The body had on Oct. 10, issued a 21-day ultimatum to the Federal Government to address some of its issues and that of IPPIS enrolment or risk indefinite withdrawal of services by its members nationwide.

But the Federal Government had directed that any worker not on the IPPIS would no longer receive salary with effect from Oct.31.

The President had directed that all Ministries, Departments Agencies (MDAs), drawing their salary from Consolidated Revenue Funds (CRF) should join by the end of October 2019

“Actually, we just finished meeting with the director of IPPIS and his team, they came and made presentation that indicates a template that captured our fears.

“Because in the series of meetings we had with them, we have identified our peculiarities which need to be addressed, and in this meeting we held, they have made that presentation which indicates that they have captured those peculiarities

“They promised that this arrangement will address all our fears and we believe that what they said is going to be implemented because that assurance is given.

“We believe that Government on its own side has promised to address the issues, and we hope that it is going to be executed as agreed and as presented.

“From now, we are going back to our congresses, to our national executive council meeting to present what we have received here, whether it will guide our subsequent decisions and actions.

“Particularly, the issue of retirement age, 65 years has been captured, issue of our allowances also has been indicated, sabbatical, part-time, visiting also, has also been addressed.

“The issue of payment of our promotion and redress mechanism have been indicated in the way they can be addressed.

“Other issues that have to do with promotion and promotion arrears, they have indicated how it can be done.

“Our belief is that, those things are going to be executed as presented, so we present it back to our NEC also, “he said.

On the recently concluded minimum wage committee negotiations, Dutse expressed hope that all state governments would comply with the law and allow workers enjoy the benefits.

He said the body had a mechanism to ensure that state governments also buy-in and promote improved welfare for workers.

“Well it is a welcome development, our major concern is the implementation and government has promised it will implement immediately.

“We believe that they are going to back date it from the time that the president approved the minimum wage.

“So we are expecting that the government will do it without further delay because it is a presidential directive.

“There are measures that will be taken, and I believe that it will not be preempted when the time comes.

“Definitely, with the organised union in conjunction with other affiliate unions and agencies, the right thing will be done for full implementation.”

ASUP Publicity Secretary, Mr Chris Nkoro, also said that both parties had agreed that Oct. 31 deadline might not be feasible, following the technicalities involved with biometric capturing.

According to him, the peculiarities of the academic environment and other exigencies may need an extension of time so as to allow for all its members to be captured.

Nkoro said the body had also agreed to circulate the resolutions of the meeting in all polytechnics.

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YABATECH Rector urges ASUP, management partnership

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Mr Obafemi Omokungbe, Rector, Yaba College of Technology (Yabatech) has urged the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP) to partner and work in harmony with the management of the institution.

 

Omokungbe gave the advice in Lagos during the 2nd International Conference on Science, Technology, Engineering and Humanity (ICSTEH) titled “Technological Applications and Management for Global Security.”

According to him, the synergy would create an environment that would enable the realisation of the aims and objectives of the college objectives, and ultimately boost national development.

 

He said that one major key objective of the college was to design and apply effective teaching, research and learning techniques for academic excellence.

 

“The management is committed to improving capacity development through sponsorship of conferences, workshops, seminars and training, with the available resources.

 

“The College has sponsored 331 staff for various training and conferences within two years in addition to those who have benefited from Tetfund grant.

 

“This conference, therefore, is in the same direction with the institution with respect to human capacity building and intellectual stimulation.

 

“At the end, the conference papers to be presented and the discourse that follow will bring about innovations that will challenge academics,” he said.

 

Omokungbe said that the theme of the conference was apt and timely , adding that it would go a long way in solving insecurity, a major challenge to the global community, particularly Nigeria.

 

”The ideas to be generated from the conference will serve as the contributions of the sector to the national discourse in this respect.

 

”The global security issues range from terrorism, drug trafficking, human trafficking, cyber-crimes, kidnapping and environmental degradation.

 

”Security is a serious issue all over the world. It is my hope that the participants in their discussions will take a hard look at possible solutions for world peace.

 

“I sincerely thank the organisers of the conference for this commendable initiative.

 

“I urge you to do more on a regular basis to ensure that the tempo remains high.

 

”It is my prayer that the outcome and conclusion of the conference will bring about recommendation that will mitigate our security challenges.”

 

The ASUP Chairman Yabatech branch, Mr Nureni Yekini, said that the symposium was in the interest of ASUP members and College community.

 

“This initiative will contribute significantly to web metric ranking of the college academic staff and the papers presenters, “he said..

 

Prof. Amos Aremu, of the Department of Guardian and Counseling of University of Ibadan, who was the guest speaker at the conference, expressed concern over security situation in the country.

 

He, therefore,  recommended establishment of state police; constant surveillance of the environment by security personnel, huge remuneration for police and proper insurance for them.

 

Aremu also called for provision of sophisticated ammunition, removal of force from the word Nigeria Police Force and complete adoption of the system of American police, to effectively check crime and criminality in Nigeria.(NAN).

 

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Owo poly sacks ASUP chairman, secretary

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The management of Rufus Giwa Polytechnic, Owo, on Tuesday sacked Mr Oluwadare Ijawoye, the Chairman of the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP)  in the institution and his Secretary, Mr Ade Arikawe, over alleged gross misconduct.

The News Agency of Nigera recalls that ASUP had accused principal officers of the school and the Chairman of the institution’s Governing Council, Mr Banji Alabi, of misappropriation of funds in the purchase of vehicles.

The sack was contained in a circular issued by the school’s management and made available to NAN in Akure by Mr Samuel Ojo, the school’s Director of Public Relations and Protocol.

The circular warned that the sacked staff should not be seen in the institution, adding that members of the public should not transact business with them under the auspices of the polytechnic.

It also reiterated the suspension of ASUP activities in the school.

“This is to certify that Mr Oluwadare Ijawoye and Mr Ade Arikawe have been dismissed from the service of the Rufus Giwa Polytechnic,Owo, for gross misconduct and barred from entering the polytechnic.

“The duo, therefore, cease to be chairman and secretary of the suspended ASUP.

“Anyone transacting business with them is doing so at his risk,” the circular said.

The sack of the ASUP leaders was the climax of the face-off between the union and the management of the institution.

Ijawoye had accused the institution’s management of approving and using N68 million for the purchase of about five vehicles, most of which, he claimed, were second hand cars.

He also said that the act was contrary to the extant law of Ondo State.

Ijawoye said that the union had already approached an anti-graft agency, adding that details would be made known to the public soon.

He alleged that the council had knowledge of the action and was trying to doctor some documents.

Ijawoye maintained the union’s stand that the council had no right to approve N68 million, but a maximum of only N14 million.

But the institution’s management had dismissed the claim of misappropriation, saying purchase of vehicles was statutory.

The management in a statement asked Ijawoye to save his energy by approaching the various anti-graft agencies rather than “his nauseating ranting on social media” since he claimed to be in possession of various incriminating documents.

The statement described most of the comments and pictures painted about the polytechnic on the social media by Ijawoye as unfounded and baseless.

“The chairman of council, Mr Banji Alabi, was already quite comfortable, very successful and rich before venturing into politics. He is a man endowed with a passion to make the institution a silicon valley.

“So, allegation of misappropriation of money as alleged by Ijawoye is, therefore, laughable, as it remains a figment of imagination of a drowning man.

“The polytechnic management remains committed to promoting the welfare of its workers at all times and will do everything possible to ensure that this spirit is sustained,” it stated.

According to the statement, the state government is aware that the allegation is an attempt to discredit the Governing Council and the polytechnic management.

It added that the act was orchestrated to promote certain elements eyeing the seats of principal officers of the polytechnic in the ongoing recruitment.

The statement also said that the negative emotion attached to the act by the opposition party was to sabotage the good vision of the government.

It also described the activities of ASUP in the polytechnic as illegal since it had been suspended for a while by the institution’s management.

“Not a dime belonging to the polytechnic has been illegally deposited into the Governing Council chairman’s account or that of any of the council members.

“It will be nice if Mr Ijawoye can back his claims with relevant documents indicating such transactions, for the onus of proof is on he who accused.

“Buying official cars for council chairman and principal officers is statutory and, in this instance, the polytechnic did not buy brand new cars but fairly used cars and were bought as appropriated in the polytechnic,” it stated. (NAN)


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Alleged misappropriation: Approach anti-graft agencies with evidence, Owo Poly dares ASUP

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The Rufus Giwa Polytechnic, Owo, Ondo State has told the institution’s chapter of Academic Staff Union of Polytechnic (ASUP) to approach anti-graft agencies concerning its allegations against the school management.

This was contained in a statement made available to the Nigeria News Agency by Mr Samuel Ojo, the Director of Public Relations and Protocol of the institution, on Saturday in Akure.

The Nigeria News Agency reports that Mr Oluwadare Ijawoye, Chairman of ASUP, had accused the institution’s management of approving and using N68 million for the purchase of about five vehicles, most of which, he claimed, were second hand cars.

Ijawoye had said that the act was contrary to the extant law of Ondo State.

“The state government should find out the reason(s) behind the non- availability within the premises of the official car meant for the office of the Chairman of the governing council.

“We know that a sum of N28 million was paid into the personal bank account of the institution’s governing council chairman, Mr Banji Alabi, several months ago.

“Mr Alabi also received the sum of N28 million into his corporate account for the purchase of a state-of-the-art Mercedes Benz (G-Wagon).

“Documents to that effect were obtained by our investigators and will be tendered to the appropriate authorities,” Ijawoye had said.

However, the statement asked Ijawoye to save his energy by approaching the various anti-graft agencies rather than “his nauseating ranting on social media” since he claimed to be in possession of various incriminating documents.

The statement described most of the comments and pictures painted about the polytechnic on the social media by Ijawoye as unfounded and baseless.

“The chairman of council, Mr Banji Alabi, was already quite comfortable, very successful and rich before venturing into politics. He is a man endowed with a passion to make the institution a silicon valley.

“So, allegation of misappropriation of money as alleged by Ijawoye is, therefore, laughable, as it remains a figment of imagination of a drowning man.

“The polytechnic management remains committed to promoting the welfare of its workers at all times and will do everything possible to ensure that this spirit is sustained,” it stated.

According to the statement, the state government is aware that the allegation is an attempt to discredit the governing council and the polytechnic management.

It added that the act was orchestrated to promote certain elements eyeing the seats of principal officers of the polytechnic in the ongoing recruitment.

The statement also said that the negative emotion attached to the act by the opposition party was to sabotage the good visions of the government.

It described the activities of ASUP in the polytechnic as illegal, since it had been suspended for a while by the institution’s management.

“Not a dime belonging to the polytechnic has been illegally deposited into the governing council chairman’s account or that of any of the council members.

“It will be nice if Mr Ijawoye can back his claims with relevant documents indicating such transactions, for the onus of proof is on he who accused.

“Buying official cars for council chairman and principal officers are statutory and, in this instance, the polytechnic did not buy brand new cars but fairly used cars and were bought as appropriated in the polytechnic”, it stated.

Ijawoye, however, disclosed to NAN that the union had already approached an anti-graft agency and that details would be made known to the public soon.

He alleged that the council had knowledge of the action and was trying to doctor some documents.

The ASUP chairman reiterated the union’s stand that the council had no right to approve N68 million, but maximum of only N14 million. (NAN)

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