The Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics, ASUP, Moshood Abiola Polytechnic (MAPOLY) Chapter, on Tuesday demanded that a moratorium be given to enable the academic staff upgrade themselves to the requirement of a university lecturer.
This followed a recent upgrading of the Ogun State-owned polytechnic to the university status.
They also asked for representation in the technical/ transition committee on the new upgrading, saying “there are grey areas to be resolved.”
The academic staff request was contained in a communique issued shortly after a congratulatory congress of the union held to felicitate on the MAPOLY upgrading.
The Communique, jointly signed by the ASUP Chairman, Kola Abiola and the General Secretary, Adeleke Adebayo, was made available to reporters on Tuesday in Abeokuta, the state capital.
The union appealed to Governor Ibikunle Amosun to allow its members an option of “where they want to go between the new polytechnic and university.”
ASUP, however, described the upgrading as a landmark in Amosun’s tenure as the governor, adding that “he has lived up to his promise, at inception as a governor, to ensure the upgrade of Moshood Abiola Polytechnic into a university.
“Our union Executive appealed to the Governor through the Honourable Commissioner, to allow the members of the Academic Staff of Moshood Abiola Polytechnic an option of where they want to go between the new Polytechnic and University.
“A moratorium be given within which the academic staff would upgrade themselves to the requirement of a university lecturer.
“The congress as a fallout is requesting from the government that the union should be given adequate representation in the technical/transition committee on the new upgrading, as there are grey areas to be resolved.”