MAPOLY Asks ASUP To Stop Ridiculing Gov.Abiodun Over Delay In Payment of Salary - EDU-BIZNEWS


Tuesday, December 21, 2021

MAPOLY Asks ASUP To Stop Ridiculing Gov.Abiodun Over Delay In Payment of Salary

Management of the Moshood Abiola Polytechnic, Abeokuta, Ogun State has asked members of the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnic (ASUP), to stop dragging Governor Dapo Abiodun into Internal crisis of the Institution and externalizing such issues affecting it in the media.

The Polytechnic's Public Relations Officer, Mr. Oluyemi Ajibola who issued the caution in a statement in Abeokuta on Tuesday , said such action was targeted at embarrassing the governor and put the image of  the State Government in bad light.

Ajibola who was reacting to a statement credited to the ASUP Chairman, Babatunde Osifalujo accusing the state government of owing workers  November and December salaries, said MAPOLY remains a self-sustaining institution.

He noted that the state government is not collecting revenue from the Polytechnic which makes the institution self-dependent. 

The PRO however blamed the delay in the payment of the salaries for November and December on late  release of admission for the fresh admission seekers by Joint Admission Matriculation Board  JAMB

He, therefore, urged the aggrieved union members to exercise patience, as the management is working tirelessly to meet their demands.

"The Governor has done more than enough for us in this Polytechnic. If not for the Governor's goodwill, many of the ASUP members crying foul now would have become jobless and be in the labour market searching for another job due to the wicked policy of the last administration by changing MAPOLY to Ogun Poly, Ipokia", Ajibola added 

"The Governor in his magnanimity stabilized us by returning our status quo ante and gave us N200million in December last year to pay backlogs of salaries owed by last administration".

"Not only that, the management also took about N300million loan from bank to pay their outstanding arrears. If not for the fact that, we had a delay in the release of admission by JAMB, the new intake students would pay their tuition fees and all these noises would not have arose", Ajibola revealed

"The Governor is not the one paying our salary, because the government is not collecting revenue from MAPOLY. There is no issue in MAPOLY. Many institutions in the state are also having their fair share of salary delays. This is not peculiar to MAPOLY alone. Why do they always rush to the media to make noise all the time? I see that as an attempt to ridicule the governor.", he cautioned

Speaking on the delay in the appointment of a substantive Rector and composition of Governing Council for the Polytechnic, Ajibola said the appointments rested on the discretion of the Governor.

"The appointment of Rector and Governor is at the discretion of Mr. Governor. Before he can make these appointments happen, he must have seen the level of our preparedness as an institution."

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