The Academic Staff Union of Polytechnic (ASUP), Moshood Abiola Polytechnic (MAPOLY) ,Abeokuta, Ogun State on Wednesday suspended its over three months old strike.
The suspension was announced by the Chairman of the ASUP, Mr Kola Abiola, after an emergency congress held at the school campus to address the crisis between the state government and the union.
The union and the state government had been at loggerheads over the upgrading of the institution to a university as well as function of the transition committee headed by Prof. Peter Okebukola.
The strike action had prevented the students from writing their second semester examination since last year.
Abiola stated that the congress decided to call off the strike following pressures it received from many concerned prominent personalities in the state.
Abiola, however, said the union was hopeful that its demands would be met by the government to prompt it to conduct the suspended second semester examination .
“Today we had an emergency congress and after several appeal of eminent stakeholders within and outside state, the congress therefore decided to suspend the strike.
“The government has all our key issues with them, all the issues that resulted in the strike are all known to the government.
“When the crisis started we actually went to prominent personalities to intervene and now that they have intervened we think it is high time to give government the room for discussion while academic activities go on.
“We have suspended the strike, it is now left for the management to announce when academic activities will commence, ” he said.
He explained that the union had never blackmailed anybody, saying that on no occasion had ASUP insulted the government during the crisis.
The ASUP boss however kept mum on when the examination would commence.