National Association of Nigerian Students, NANS, has implored the striking workers of the Federal Polytechnic, Ado Ekiti, to call off their ongoing industrial action in the interest of the students.
Chairman of NANS, Ekiti State chapter, Adetunji Bankole, asserted that the incessant strikes in the institution were having adverse effects on the students, and appealed to well-meaning Nigerians and Ekiti people to prevail on unions in the school to shelve their action.
Bankole in a statement in Ado Ekiti last thurday said the suspension of the strike was necessary against the backdrop that the unions’ bone of contention was unfounded; he also expressed the association’s vote of confidence in the institution’s Rector, Dr Taiwo Akande.
The labour unions in the institution had last week proceeded on strike, accusing the rector of not remitting cooperatives fund, illegal pension deductions and nepotism in staff promotion as they canvassed restoration of salary scale, CONTISS 15, to the institution.
But NANS stated: “Our recent investigation at the Federal Ministry of Education, Abuja, National Board for Technical Education, Kaduna, and about eight different Polytechnics in Nigeria, showed that the stoppage of CONTISS 15 the striking unions are fighting for was a directive from the Federal Government and not a decision of the school’s rector.
“We have spoken to student leaders of different polytechnics and have realised that no polytechnic in Nigeria is still paying CONTISS 15, then why should the striking staff waste students’ time and resources? Why can’t they face the Federal Government and stop tarnishing the image of the rector,” NANS stated.
It also dismissed the unions’ call for the rector’s removal, saying “it is ill-motivated. We advise all those clamoring that the rector should resign due to Ekiti agenda to kindly refrain from such act and stop promoting ethnicity in the federal institution.
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