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Wednesday, July 3, 2019

RUGIPO ASUP Splits Fire, Says "We Will Not Resume Until Our Demands Are Met"


The Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP), Rufus Giwa Polytechnic, Owo chapter has vow not  to carry out any of their functions, including teaching, supervision of examinations, marking and grading of students’ works, to the institution; especially the supervision of the exams scheduled to  commenced next Monday, 6th July, 2019 if it's demands are not met.
 The resolution of ASUP is coming following the recent reopening of  the institution by the management of the school for examination and    academic activities after two weeks of it's closure.

The position of the Union was contained in a Press release tittled "the Stand of ASUP"  signed by it's Chairman, Comrade Rafiu Ijawoye Oluwadare and posted on it's Social media pages.

The Union lambasted the management of the school, pointing that it was the failure and insensitivity posture of Management to positively address ASUP’s demands that compelled Management to ask the students to go home, in the first instance.

 Part of the press release read, "ASUP wishes to advise Management on the matter to the effect that it will be proper and neater if Management settles the demands of members of ASUP as stated in its letter dated 23rd May 2019 to the Acting Rector".

According to the union, "none  of ASUP demands, especially the payment of the 5 months outstanding arrears of salaries of ASUP’s members, implementation of promotion of 2017 and 2018 and reversal of notional promotion of 2012 intakes has been positively addressed by Management; neither has Management taken any positive step to enter into any serious dialogue with ASUP on the matter".

"Rather  than positively dialoguing on the matter, Management has not only remained on its high-horse, it went ahead to contemptuously and unilaterally asked students to come to start their exams!!!".

 "In  ASUP’s humble view, asking students to resume and start examinations on Monday 06/07/19 amounts to putting the cart before the horse. This is because ASUP remains resolute on its resolve that the services of its members to the institution shall be put on hold until its demands are met".

"Consequently  and in other words, members of ASUP will not carry out any of their functions, including teaching, supervision of examinations, marking and grading of students’ works, to the institution; especially the supervision of the exams purportedly to be commenced on 06/07/19. This is more so, when recent developments in the institution suggest that Management has the resources to pay the outstanding salaries of ASUP’s members; but wickedly and maliciously chose to disregard its fundamental employment obligation to the helpless, hapless and the economically degraded and dehumanized staff of the institution, including members of ASUP". 
   
Recall, the  management of the institution had earlier directed all Students to resume back to school on Saturday 6th July, 2019 as examination will start on Monday 8th July, 2019 but with the latest development, the possibility of the examination holding as scheduled looks bleak.

 The institution was closed down on the 18th June, 2019 as the management maintained that the closure became imperative in order for Council and management to forestall the breakdown of law and  mandating all Students of the institution to vacate the school not later than 3pm on Tuesday 18th June, 2019.

The logjam also lead to the postponement of the school first semester examination earlier schedule to start on Monday, 17th June, 2019.

By David Fidelis

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