Protesting lecturers at the Federal Polytechnic, Ado-Ekiti, under the umbrella of the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP), crippled academic activities in the school after staging a peaceful protest over the alleged refusal of the institution’s management to meet their demands.
The lecturers reportedly blocked the entrance of the school, thereby denying students, expected to continue their second-semester examinations, access into the school premises.
The chairperson of ASUP, Federal Polytechnic, Ado-Ekiti Chapter, Olabisi Olasheinde, while speaking to newsmen about the development, said the protest became necessary as several dialogues with the management had not yielded positive results.
He stated that the failure of the polytechnic management to pay lecturers their Continue Education Centre (CEC)’s entitlements for the first semester of the 2019/2020 academic session and the accumulated de-migration arrears and cooperative deductions, was part of the reasons for the protest.
According to him, the union will ensure that the ongoing second-semester examination for 2019/2020 would not continue until their demands were met.
The institution’s Director, Protocol, Information and Public Relations, Ade Adeyemi-Adejolu, in response to the protest, described it as a deliberate attempt to rubbish the image of the Rector, Dr. Dayo Oladebeye. He maintained that the management had started paying the entitlements and those who have not seen theirs might have issues with their respective banks.