Members of the Academic and non-Academic Staff Unions of The Polytechnic, Ibadan, have agreed to suspend their strike for 21 days to allow for the intervention of the Oyo State government.
This was stated in the statement jointly signed by Mr. Biodun Abegunde, Chairman, Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Polytechnic (SSANIP); Mr. Ibraheem Akande, Non-academic Staff Union (NASU); and T. M. Oyebola, Representative of Academics Staff.
They have unanimously agreed to suspend their industrial action to let the Governor intervene.
The union further made it known that if the government council fails to do the needful within the stipulated 21 days given they will continue the strike action.
“The congress unanimously decided to suspend its strike for 21 days, with the hope that The Polytechnic, Ibadan Council Committee headed by Prof. S. G. Odewunmi would liaise with the government to resolve the unions’ demands.
“If the government and the council fail to do the needful within the 21 days set, the unions will not have any other option than to resume their suspended strike.
“We, the unions, appeal to the stakeholders in the education sector in Oyo state and the general public to prevail on the Oyo state government to accede to the unions’ requests and save the state and the institution from avoidable embarrassment,” they said.
It should be known that the Polytechnic Ibadan workers’ union commenced industrial action on Jan. 11 and was obliged to not yielding to the management’s invitation.