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MAPOLY students shut school’s gate, demand release of exams result

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Mapoly lecturers during a recent protest at the school's gate

By Michael Adesanya/Abeokuta

Students of the Moshood Abiola Polytechnic, Ojere, Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital Monday morning shut down the entrance gate of the institution, thus preventing entrance into the school over the non-release of their results.

The action has led to a shut down of any academic activity in the school.

The students, who converged at the institution’s gate, said they will ensure the entrance to the Polytechnic remains shut until the lecturers release result of the last examinations.

It would be recalled that crisis began to rock the institution in January 2017, when the state government concluded plans to transform the institutions into a degree awarding institutions. 

The Academic Staff of the institution embarked on a three months strike,holding the students examination to ransom, which led to students unrest for a while.

Academic Staff Union of Polytechnic, MAPOLY and the government were forced to reach a consensus and ensured that the students wrote their examinations in January.  

 Meanwhile the strike has deprive the students from going for the one year National Youth Service Corps ( NYSC) in November 2017 as their examinations were concluded in January 2018  hoping that they could meet up with the April 2018 mobilisation.

Surprisingly, two months after the examinations the academic staff has withheld the students result and closed the opportunity of getting mobilised by April against the students. 

Chairman of the National Association of Nigerian Students, Ogun state, Comrade Olawale Balogun described the situation as unfortunate, saying the students were suffering from what they didn’t know anything about.

His words, “It is just unfortunate that we found ourselves in this mess as students because we are suffering for what is none of our business because we have carried out our own part. 

“I will use this medium to appeal to ASUP in MAPOLY to be fatherly and human to us as students because none of us is a child of the Governor or commissioners. More so, the government should also do the needful.”

Chairman of the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnic, MAPOLY chapter, Mr Kola Abiola said, ” I have no reaction.”