- The federal government has been called upon to wade into the crisis rocking the Federal Polytechnic, Ede
- The NUCJ believes that the government's intervention would bring sanity to the institution
- Akinrinade Sodiq, the president of the union, made the appeal on Friday, November 7, in Osun state
The federal government has been urged to swiftly intervene in the ongoing feud between the management of the Ede Polytechnic, Osun state, and the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP).
Legit.ng's regional reporter in Osun, Adejayan Gbenga, reports that the plea was made on Friday, November 6, by the National Union of Campus Journalists (NUCJ) Ede Chapter, adding that the feud has brought the resumption of academic activities in the institution to a standstill.
Speaking on the lingering crisis, a statement signed by the NUCJ's president, Akinrinade Sodiq Olayiwola and its publicity secretary, Lawal Quadri, lamented that the COVID-19 pandemic has had negative impacts on the academic activities in Nigeria.
The statement read in part:
"It is quite appalling that sequel to the compelling universal outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic which had coerced nations and cities of the world, Nigeria included, into absolute lockdown for several weeks and consequently forced the closure of schools nationwide since March 2020, students across the country had spent an astronomical number of weeks to stay home and stay safe in lieu of the usual day-to-day learning activities."
According to the NUCJ president, the school's management had October 19, 2020, as resumption date for academic activities. After travelling from far and near, the students were greeted by empty classrooms as lecturers decided to stay away until the management meets their demands.
The NUCJ, however, urged the office of the president and the federal Ministry of Education to make a timely intervention and come to the rescue of the study-ready students of the polytechnic.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) accused the government of planning to use hunger as a weapon to weaken its agitation and demands.
It was reported that the ASUU said it is ready to suspend the seven-month-long strike but cannot work on empty stomachs.
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