By Adams Akorede
The lecturers in The Polytechnic Ibadan, were still in the classrooms carrying on with their academic activities when our correspondent visited the school which prides itself as the ‘Citadel of Academic Excellence’.
Pacesetter News also gathered that there was no union in place to mobilise members to join nationwide strike by the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP) because of the court matter instituted against the former leadership by some aggrieved ASUP members.
The Chairman of the Non Academic Staff Union (NASU), Akande Ibrahim said activities in the institution was still in full throttle because there was no ASUP in place.
Also, the Public Relations Officer, Alhaji Soladoye Adewole reechoed the position of the Rector, Prof. Olatunde Fawole that the institution has zero tolerance for strike because of the support of the Oyo state government and the cooperation of the academic and non-academic staff of the institution to safeguard industrial harmony as testimonies for the growth rate of the institution among other state owned polytechnics in the country.
The Rector represented by the Deputy Rector and Chairman, graduation ceremony planning committee, Mr Augustine Bayo Oyeleke had made the remarks while briefing journalists last week on the activities lined up for the 32nd and 33rd graduation ceremony of the institution held at the Board of Studies Chamber, Central Administration building, The Polytechnic, Ibadan.
He said the institution’s unlimited transformation and growth in its core value of training young Nigerians in academic technological innovation was as a result of its ability to boycott many recent strikes embarked upon by higher institutions of learning in the state.
He said the management has zero tolerance for strikes these days.