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Workbond International network (WIN) and United Action for Democracy (UAD) have implored Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, not to play politics with the fate of teeming Lagosians on the lingering industrial crisis rocking the Lagos State Polytechnic (LASPOTECH).

The groups demanded immediate inauguration of an independent visitation panel; unconditional reinstatement of non-academic staff union; reversal of the stoppage of CONTISIS 15 Migration Salary Scheme; suspension of the current management of the institution pending the recommendation of visitation panel; special inquiry into the conditions of the incarceration of the 38 staff which led to the death of Owolabi Sunday and halt of all forms of military siege on LASPOTECH.

The Executive Director of WIN, Omotaje Olawale Saint, recalled that the lingering industrial crisis in the institution was allegedly orchestrated by the legitimate demands of all the staff unions for the implementation of CONTISS 15 Harmonisation Scheme (Migration salary scheme) as well as alleged rudderless, gross mismanagement, mal-administration and dysfunctional system in the school.

He noted that the strike action within last six months has prompted dismissal, vilification, incarceration of staff and the institution has been practically turned into an ancient barrack with menacing armed security forces.

According to him, the issue at stake is basically about adequate funding, frugal management, autonomy, intellectual freedom and democratic management that recognize the inputs of all the stakeholders as partners.

Saint commended the quick intervention of the state government, noting that the governor after July 12 protest to the House of Assembly and governor’s office by Civil Society organization and workers has ensured the release of the 38 detainees LASPOTEC workers.He added: “To our minds is a radical departure from the preceding administration with retrogressive power hawks determined to maintain the status even if it has to translate to sacrificing all other social stakeholders like the worker’s union-ASUP, NASU and SSANIP as well as vibrant business population.”

The Secretary of UAD, Kunle Ajayi, urged Sanwo-Olu not to falter on the right direction, saying, “we urge Sanwo-Olu not to dilly-dally or play politics with the fate of teeming Lagosians who deserved an institution that can take care of the technical manpower needs of one of the fastest developing Mega City State in Africa.

“It is important to note that the goodwill which the striking workers have demonstrated with the suspension of their six months strike action should be reciprocated by immediate reinstatement of the unjustly dismissed staff and convocation of the Visitation panel.”He urged the state governor to immediately withdraw any form of armed siege be it by police or the Oodua Peoples Congress (OPC) on the campus.


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