By Temitope Owotoki
Protesting workers of the Lagos State Polytechnic (LASPOTECH), Ikorodu, have denied the statement by Professor Ishaq Oloyede, the Registrar of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), that two of his staff were attacked in the institution on Monday during the conduct of the mock Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME).
Abiodun Awoyemi, the Chairman of the polytechnic’s chapter of the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Polytechnics (SSANIP), denied the allegation and described it as a “blatant lie and a figment of the imagination of whoever is behind such report.”
In a chat with a section of the media, Awoyemi said the campus gates were already locked and that policemen were on the ground monitoring the activities of his members, whom he noted ”had been staging peaceful protest since they embarked on industrial action on January 20.”
“When we read about the report this afternoon, everyone was shocked. We had thought maybe there was another LASPOTECH, Ikorodu campus elsewhere. Not a single individual was touched by anyone, not to talk of attempting to set them ablaze. Where and when?
“The only scene we could link to this happened on Friday when both the ICT Director and the Dean of Students’ Affairs, Dr Adegoke and Mr Bamkole respectively, were only peacefully asked to leave the ICT centre because they were not meant to be in the office.
”They were escorted outside the campus, and that was all. The DPO of Ikorodu-Sagamu Road was even on campus and witnessed the Friday scene.”
Also, Semiu Fasaasi, the Chairman of the Non-Academic Staff Union (NASU), LASPOTECH Branch corroborated the account of his SSANIP counterpart.
He said he was shocked at the news.
“That is the biggest fake news I have ever seen in my life,” he said.
LASPOTECH’s three entrance gates had been closed since March 27 by the striking non-academic workers of the institution for weeks since members of SSANIP and NASU, who had embarked on strike since January over what they described as the ”wrong implementation” of Consolidated Tertiary Institution Salary Structure (CONTISS) 15 migration by the management of the school.
The workers said the complete shutdown of the polytechnic on Wednesday was in reaction to the management’s decision to pay the March salary of the academic staffers and leave them out. x