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Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Moshood Abiola Polytechnic Black week saga

BY: Ola Daniel.


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A leader will always think of the next generation, but a politician will always think of the next election.
It has been nothing but a national disgrace after examining the performance and output of our so called political leaders, it has been a sour fruit that brought confusion between the teeth and the mouth.
I will like to narrow my epistle down to the issue that transpired among the state government of Ogun state, the management of Moshood Abiola Polytechnic, and the students of the institution.


The story in summary:
Ogun state government proposed to redefine Moshood Abiola Polytechnic into a University of Technology.

Note: of what benefit did Ogun state need to add another state university to the existing two state universities that are not given enough resources in terms of finance and infrastructures to carry out their operation?
After much deliberations and negotiations on the terms and conditions between the state government and the management of the institution, both parties refuse to have a consensus on how to move forward.
Among the terms and conditions of the negotiations includes:
* the staff of the institution must resign and re-apply after many years in service?
* the governor is ready to acquire all the assets of the institution but not ready to acquire the liabilities.
* forceful enforcement of the relocation of Moshood Abiola Polytechnic to a town in Ogun West senatorial district known as IPOKIA, which the academic activities of the new Polytechnic shall be commenced. Whereas, no standard structures and infrastructural facilities has been put in place to foster the commencement of the activities. To crown it all, the proposed site of location of the new Ogun Polytechnic has not been accredited by the NBTE & JAMB for academic activities and admission respectively.
These are just the major terms & conditions of the negotiations.
The staffs declined to honor such agreement and conditions and Mr governor also refuse to give a listening hear to the agitation of the management.
This led the staffs to embark on strike since October 2017 till date.
Academic activities of the institution was held at ransom, the students career was not given a second thought, the students going for NYSC, I.T internship, Siwes were slow down from progressing.
Therefore, the scenario triggered the spirit of the harmless students to come out and demand for their right in one voice. It was so sad that the heartless Mr governor of Ogun state could not even come out to address the students if not as an ALUMNI of the institution, at least as the governor of the state.
But all he could do is to order the the armed forces in uniform to humiliate the students by confronting them with tear-gas, ammunition, illegal arrest against the students who are not a terrorist group, kidnappers, thieves, hoodlums, but because they chose to stand and demand for what belongs to them.
Perhaps this piece of information of mine got to Mr governor, I want him to know that, Education plays a vital role in the development of any society.
Stop the injustice sir and listen to the cry of your people.
Government is of the people, by the people and for the people.

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