Uproar In Ogun As D.S.Adegbenro ICT Polytechnic Staff Demand Rector's Removal - THE NEW DAWN ONLINE


Wednesday, February 05, 2020

Uproar In Ogun As D.S.Adegbenro ICT Polytechnic Staff Demand Rector's Removal

By Solanke Ayomideji Taiwo 

Abeokuta - There was unrest in D.S.Adegbenro ICT Polytechnic today as the Joint Action Committee Of Unions namely Academics Staff Union Of Polytechnic (ASUP), Senior Staff Association Of Nigerian Polytechnic (SANNIP) and Non-academic Staff Union Of Educational and Associated 
Institutions (NASU) called for the removal of the rector, Prof. Alfred Olufemi Fatade with immediate effect over incompetence.

According to the press statement jointly signed by chairman of Academic Staff Union of Polytechnic (ASUP) and Joint Action Committee of Unions (JAC) Comrade Oyefusi Adebayo Samson and Comrade Muritala A.S. "It will suffice me to start on this note that the industrial dispute at D.S Adegbenro ICT Polytechnic has been a battle for survival of subjects who are the bonafide Stakeholders of the Polytechnic".

"Like Paulo Freire rightly put it “It Is not ideal to treat an object at the expense of the subjects and the subjects are the preference of the object”. This is referred to as the pedagogy of the oppressed. 
In this situation, a case where the staff are been treated as subjects at the expense of the object (i.e Management) is totally unjust and unacceptable. Here at D.S Adegbenro ICT Polytechnic, staff are been maltreated and yet the same Management expect them to deliver the goods that will be enjoyed solely by the object, otherwise known as Principal Officers of the Polytechnic."

"At this point first, I will like to itemize the atrocities committed by the Management of our Polytechnic which resulted into the collapse of the social welfare of the staff and invariably impacted on the educational progress of the Polytechnic". He added. 

He further highlighted some of the issues that have lingered for long especially under this Management, led by Professor (Venerable) Alfred Olufemi Fatade are as follows: 

Unremitted Pension Deductions Irregular, Payment of Salaries,
Deliberate Delay of Staff Promotion CONTISS 15 Migration which have been implemented in other Ogun State Owned Polytechnic a long time ago yet being denied here at D.S Adegbenro ICT Polytechnic. 
 Non Implementation of Needs Assessments 
 Staff Auditing 
He further revealed that other issues not captured in the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) but are also germane include: 
The collapse of the school portal which makes it difficult to carry out any financial transaction and administrative requirements such as payment of fees, admission processes, checking of result, 
 Inability to partake in the Ongoing Jamb Registration Exercise since our 
Institution is a Jamb Accredited CBT Centre for no good reasons  Gross breach of due process. 
Prior to our meeting with the Ogun State Government yesterday, 3rd February, 2020 as a result of the “Work to Rule” industrial actions embarked upon by all the Unions (Academic Staff Union of Polytechnic (ASUP), Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Polytechnic (SANNIP) and Non-Academic Staff Union of Educational and Associated Institutions (NASU), the State Government had earlier met with the Leadership of Unions and the Polytechnic Management to nip the crisis in the bud aftermath of the first industrial action of November 4th, 2019 where a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was duly signed by the all parties which include the Ogun State Government ably represented by the Former Special Adviser on Tertiary Education, Professor Sidi Osho (Now Hon. Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology) , the Management of D.S Adegbenro ICT Polytechnic duly represented by the Rector, Prof. (Venerable) Alfred Olufemi Fatade, the Registrar, Mr. Ogundimu Adebayo Olujinmi and the Bursar, Mr. Orobiyi Mobolaji and the Joint Action Committee of Unions (JAC) represented by all the three Chairmen of the Unions namely Comrade Oyefusi Adebayo Samson, Comrade Muritala Azeez Segun and Comrade Onifade Ayoola respectively. 

However, the implementation of the MOU which the Government directed the Management of the Polytechnic to expedite action on in order to forestall reoccurrence of such industrial dispute was totally discountenanced by the Management led by Prof. (Venerable) Alfred Olufemi Fatade. The Unions through various organs made several frantic calls, appeals and even lobbied for meetings with the Management Team, all to no avail. It was this total nonchalant and recalcitrant attitude of the Management that led to the resumption of the last suspended industrial action. 

It is also important to reiterate that; 
1) “A Vote of No Confidence” passed on the Rector Prof. Venerable Alfred Olufemi Fatade  and the Registrar Mr. Ogundimu Adebayo Olujinmi by the Congress of the three Unions in the Polytechnic on the 4th November, 2019 was vigorously reinvalidated at the congress held yesterday Monday, 3rd February, 2020. 
2) The congress call for immediate resignation of the Rector Prof. (Venerable) Alfred Olufemi Fatade and the Registrar Mr. Ogundimu Adebayo Olujinmi or the duo be sacked by the State Government. 
3) The congress declare her unflinching support for the administration of His Excellency Prince (Dr.) Dapo Abiodun (MFR), the Governor of Ogun State. 
4) The congress strongly believe that due to the paucity of funds in the Polytechnic cum the fact that Convocation was held last year, April, 2019, a Biannual Convocation ceremony which reputable institution even with robust Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) have sustained (FUNAAB, OOU, Federal Polytechnic Ilaro e.t.c) should be adopted here at D.S Adegbenro ICT Polytechnic. Consequently, the congress vehemently SAY NO to Convocation ceremony as proposed by the present Management of the Polytechnic. 
Our Prayers 
1) That the Memorandum of Understanding agreed upon be implemented by the Government as agreed yesterday, Monday, 3rd February, 2020 within one month. 
2) That the Rector Prof. (Venerable) Alfred Olufemi Fatade  and the Registrar Mr. Ogundimu Adebayo Olujinmi should resign their appointment immediately or be sacked by the Government (in as much as “Vote of No Confidence” passed by the Congress in still upheld. 
3) That the Government should not approve any Convocation ceremony proposed by the Management. 
4) That the Government should passionately and magnanimously look into the pathetic and ugly situations of a “Once Delightsome Institution” and save our souls. 

He said as a mark of honour, and our strong believe in the administration of His Excellency Prince (Dr.) Dapo Abiodun (MFR), the Congress of Joint Action Committee of Unions (JAC) of D.S Adegbenro ICT Polytechnic has hereby suspended the “Work to Rule” industrial action resumed yesterday, Monday, 3rd February, 2020 and has forthwith direct both staff and students to resume normal work and academic activities with immediate effect. 

Finally the union chairmen submitted by appreciating the  Governor of Ogun State, His Excellency Prince (Dr.) Dapo Abiodun (MFR), the Hon. Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Prof. Sidi Osho, the Special Adviser to the Governor on Tertiary Education, Prof. Joseph Odemuyiwa, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, Mrs. Ogunleye and others too numerous to mention for their timely intervention to forestall unforeseen situations and restore peace to our campus. 

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