Academic activities at Yaba College of Technology (YABATECH) were cut shot as the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP) on Thursday began an indefinite strike over unpaid allowances by the college management.
The Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Polytechnics (SSANIP) and the Non Academic Staff Union (NASU) are waiting in the wind as they have issued the college management 24-hour ultimatum to meet their demand.
Following the indefinite strike, thousands of students were neglected in the classrooms as lecturers refused to go attend to them.
The indefinite strike by ASUP would affect the forthcoming examinations for part and full time students scheduled for this weekend for the part-time students.
On Wednesday, students of the institution protested against the closure of the hostels by the management with exams less than four weeks forcing the college management to agree to open it before the commencement of their examination.
It was reported that the students shut the school gate and also protested the non allocation of hostels to new and final year students.
It was also gathered that that ASUP had directed its members to hold on till Thursday while SSANIP and NASU said it will join ASUP after congress and the expiration of the 24-hours ultimatum. The two unions said its members would start the strike on Monday if the college management failed to refund the money deducted from July salary.
According to report on Thursday, the college staffers were outside in groups discussing the indefinite strike, while the students watch them and some left for home due to the present situation.
The three staff unions held a joint congress on Thursday at YABATECH Sports Complex and the chairmen read out their demands and disclosed that the Rector, Dr. Margaret Ladipo could not produce any document to back-up the reduction in staff salary,july..
The ASUP chairman, Prince Aromolaran Adeyemi said the decision to embark on the strike was taken at the congress held in July. He also disclosed that the industrial action has the support of national body.
Aromolaran said when the unions kicked against the college management action, they were invited to a meeting by the rector and she could not produce any document mandating her to deduct staff allowances.
He stressed that with the strike, his members would not be part of the forthcoming part time and full time exam stating “Already our members have withdrawn services starting from Thursday until the college management refund the illegal deduction”.
The SSANIP chairman, Mr. Omopariola Olorunmbe said the body has issued a 24-hours ultimatum to the college management to refund the illicit deduction and that if by Friday, the rector did not comply, his members would join the strike on Monday.
Mr. Olatunbosun Illesanmi , NASU chairman also issued an ultimatum to the management and directed his members to stop work if by tomorrow the refund has not been effected.
The YABATECH Public Relations Officer, Mr. Charles Oni was not on seat and his office was locked while efforts to reach him on his two mobile lines proved abortive as it was switched off.