The Academic Staff Union of Polytechnic (ASUP), Moshood Abiola Polytechnic, Abeokuta chapter on Wednesday suspended academic activities following the alleged sacking of 250 of members by the Technical Committee supervising upgrade of the institution to a university status.
The Committee led by Prof. Peter Okebukola was said to have asked them in a directive to resign and re-apply as academic staff members of the new University named Moshood Abiola University of Science and Technology (MAUTECH) by the National Universities Commission (NUC).
The lecturers who stormed the institution early in the morning, shut the entrance gate, chanting anti- Committee songs and some fetish objects in a calabash were also dropped by the entrance.
The ASUP Chairman, Comrade Kola Abiola, who addressed the protesting lecturers, accused Okebukola of giving the directive in a meeting between members of the committee and the leadership of the union.
Abiola said the academic staff do not have confidence in Okebukola and his team.
He vowed that the union resist any directive that could lead to the loss of jobs by the academic staff.
Also speaking, the Zonal Coordinator of ASUP, Zone C in charge of South West, Olawale Adetunji said the action of the lecturers has the backing of the National body.
He argued that the government and the Committee have not put the rights of the other stakeholders in their decision.
But responding, Okebukola in a statement denied sacking the academic staff.
“We held a meeting with all staff at the beginning of our assignment and conveyed our position on job security. This position has been reechoed in subsequent meetings with staff unions. It is curious that some persons have taken the undue liberty of misinforming the general public with the spread of such fake news.
“We have given the good people of Ogun State a pledge that in the shortest possible time, MAUSTECH and Ogun State Polytechnic, Ipokia will be among the brightest stars in the firmament of quality higher education in Nigeria, indeed in Africa,” he said