The Academic Staff Union of Polytechnic (ASUP), Moshood Abiola Polytechnic, (MAPOLY), Abeokuta, has faulted the proposed Moshood Abiola University of Science and Technology describing it as a wild goose chase by Governor Ibikunle Amosun led Government.
In the same vein, the union which expressed doubts over government’s capacity and ability to fund the new university in a sustainable manner, has passed a vote of no confidence on the activities of the transition committee led by former Executive Secretary, National University Commission, Professor Peter Okebukola at a special congress to review the proposed University.
“What are the resources on ground to facilitate the approval to commence operation in the proposed Ogun State Polytechnic; how is MAUSTECH and the new Ogun State Polytechnic going to be funded, especially the funding of overhead costs in the short run?”
“How do we ensure on a sustainable basis, the payment of salaries of over seven hundred (700) existing staff of MAPOLY; this is a pertinent question, given the fact that presently salaries are mainly sourced from school fees paid and especially now that admission is being suspended and even the new University and Ogun State Polytechnic will of necessity admit less numbers of students (both being new institutions of learning respectively,” the union asked rhetorically, in a communiqué signed by the Chairman of the local ASUP, Mr. Kola Abiola.
According to the communiqué, the union further said “the transition committee has lost its relevance, just as they stand logic on its head by declaring ASUP, MAPOLY Chapter is strongly in support of the establishment of Moshood Abiola University of Science and Technology”
The ASUP further said it is at a loss whether the Polytechnic would be a new one and whether courses would be automatically accredited by the National Board for Technical Education (NBTE), according to their resolution.
– Wale Adewunmi, Ogun State Correspondent