There was anxiety and uncertainty at the Moshood Abiola Polytechnic (MAPOLY), Abeokuta, Ogun State as lecturers boycotted the scheduled second semsecond-semesterons of the institution.
The lecturers, under the aegis of Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP), apparently shunned exams in protest against the certain unresolved issues over the upgrading of MAPOLY to Moshood Abiola University of Science and Technology (MAUSTECH).
New Telegraph gathered that the development left thousands of students stranded at examination centers as there was no one to conduct the exams nor address them about their fate.
ASUP members were rather sighted at their union secretariat within the polytechnic, preparing for an emergency congress.
Our correspondent learnt that the polytechnic lecturers had been on warpath with the state government, which established Ogun State Polytechnic, Ipokia as a result of the upgrading of MAPOLY to a degree-awarding institution.
Governor Ibikunle Amosun, who performed the ground-breaking of the polytechnic last Friday, said the new polytechnic will run as multi-campus, with campuses in Imeko and Idiroko.
However, ASUP and other stakeholders have continued to fault the arrangement, saying it smacked of needless politicization rather than genuine commitment towards improving standard of education.
At the end of the union’s emergency congress which lasted about two hours yesterday, ASUP officials declined to address reporters on the outcome.
But a member of the union, who spoke in confidence, told our correspondent that the lecturers declared a ‘work-to-rule’ in response to happenings in the polytechnic.
Also speaking in a television programme monitored in Abeokuta, the ASUP chairman, Comrade Kola Abiola, stated that the lecturers of the polytechnic had become endangered species over the conversion.
He refused to comment on the scheduled exams for which time table had been released but only said, “we are not on strike, but exam is not starting, lectures still continue.”
Abiola lamented that while the state government did not include any member of the union in the technical committee, ASUP was also not consulted by the same committee.
He explained that while the MAUSTECH has been recognised by the National Universities Commission (NUC), the lecturers are yet to know the status of the new state polytechnic in Ipokia.
According to him, the polytechnic has not been recognised by the National Board for Technical Education (NBTE) and its courses not yet accredited.
He said, “If you look at the website of NUC, you will see Moshood Abiola University of Technology that has been recognised, what’s is the status of Ogun State Polytechnic with National Board for Technical Education?
“This is a question we are constantly asking Ogun State government and the technical committee. If I am going to Ipokia and accreditation has not been gotten for Ipokia, what happens to my fate?
“The Governor of Ogun State has said they are in agreement with NBTE and to our own understanding, we don’t know when NBTE goes into an agreement with anybody because there’s a standard for accreditation.
“We are not saying we all want to work in the University. The university has been recognised but no course has been accredited but the Polytechnic has not been accredited by NBTE, the Polytechnic has no accredited course. As government, do you want to bring in students for courses that have not been accredited?
Efforts to get the reaction of the Public Relations Officer of MAPOLY, Sulaiman Adebiyi, were unsuccessful as calls made to his mobile line indicated that it was switched off.