Council suspends Oke Ogun Poly mgt over salary arrears

The crisis rocking the Oke Ogun Polytechnic, Saki, one of the higher institutions owned by the Oyo state government, took another dimension on Thursday when the governing council of the institution ordered the management of the institution to proceed on accumulated 4-year annual leave.
Members of the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnic (ASUP), Oke Ogun Polytechnic had embarked on strike over issues bothering on nonpayment of salary arrears and other entitlements.
This made the governing council of the institution to suspend the union and threaten workers with sack if they failed to resume work as directed.
But the workers, who described the threat as illegal and unconstitutional, advised the governing council to pay their 11-month salary arrears instead of threatening them.
However, the governing council following the inability of the management of the institution to resolve the lingering crisis, directed the entire management of the institution to embark on their accumulated 4-year annual leave with immediate effect.
The council said it has also instituted an acting management whose details would be disclosed later to run the affairs of the institution within the intervention period.
The council in a statement issued and signed by its chairman, Professor Moshood Tijani, enjoined all staff and students to resume work on Monday, 17th September.
“In view of the inability of the management of The Oke-Ogun Polytechnic, Saki to effect smooth running of the Institution in the last couple of months with the attendant continued strike of the Academic Staff of the Institution which had crippled the academic activities.
“The governing council hereby, at its meeting today, Thursday 13th of August, 2018 decides that the entire management should go on their accumulated 4-year annual leave with immediate effect.
“An acting management had been put in place to run the affairs of the institution within the intervening period.
“All lecturers are hereby enjoined to go back to work on Monday 17th September 2018, while the students should go back to their classrooms on the same day.
“The governing council is using this medium to assure all members of staff and students that their interests are of the utmost importance,” the statement reads.
Note that members of ASUP of OkeOgun Polytechnic, on Monday refused to sign the register opened by the governing council of the institution to compel them to end the strike they had embarked on over the non-payment of their 11-month salary arrears.
It was reported that the governing council of the polytechnic had on Thursday after an emergency meeting held at the Oyo State Ministry of Education, suspended the activities of the academic staff union and directed that all academic activities should resume at the institution immediately.
But the workers, in spite of the threat, refused to sign the register opened by the management, and instead, converged on the car park of the institution’s administrative building to denounce the threat which they regarded as illegal.

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