Suspension of academic activities ill-timed, Federal Poly Ede Press cry out, beg FG to intervene

The National Union of Campus Journalists (NUCJ) Federal Polytechnic Ede chapter, has pleaded with the Federal Government to intervene to the ongoing feud between the management and the ASUP, which has brought resumption of academic activities to a standstill.

“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 months and consequently forced the closure of schools nationwide, since March 2020, students across the country had spent astronomical number of months to “stay home and stay safe” directive of the govt.

“Also, the #EndSARS movement came forth to further drag school reopening backward and the looting which conspicuously followed the imposition of curfew in some states especially Osun where Ede Poly is situated.

“Albeit, prior to that, the management had announced October 19, 2020 as resumption date for academic activities. Astonishingly, students who had returned from far and near were stranded in classrooms and lecture halls as lecturers chose to desert classes until their demands are met by the management.

In a statement made available to VAM News and Signed by: Lawal Quadri (Lawadey), Publicity Secretary and Akinrinade Sodiq Olayiwola (CDQ), President, hence, we strongly fault and describe as ‘ill-time' the closure of our school, having just experienced lockdown imposed due to the COVID-19 pandemic and closure of schools due to the EndSARS crisis; it's a impetuous disregard to reality and the challenges we faced as Students.

We hereby plead with His Excellency President Buhari and Honourable Minister of Education to intervene, investigate circumstances surrounding the closure of our school and make the poor students at Ede smile again, the statement reads.

Reacting, the ASUP chairman, Federal Polytechnic, Ede chapter, Mr Masopa said their demands are very simple;

1 Full compliance to COVID 19 protocol, general cleaning of the classrooms and the Polytechnic premises on both campuses

2. Payment of earned allowance (75% of 2014 plus 2015, 2016, 2017 in full).

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