NBTE, JAMB okay take-off of academic activities at OgunPoly
The Ogun State Government has announced that the National Board for Technical Education and the Joint Admissions And Matriculation Board have granted full approval for the take- off of academic activities at the Ogun State Polytechnic, Ipokia , with immediate effect .
This was contained in a statement signed by the Secretary to the State Government , Taiwo Adeoluwa , a copy of which was made available to our correspondent .
The statement read in part, “Following several inspection visits to the site of the polytechnic, we are delighted to report that the National Board for Technical Education has granted accreditation to the Ogun State Polytechnic, Ipokia, to commence academic activities in 18 programmmes
“In a related development, the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board also announced the opening of its portals for prospective students to enable them to register for courses at the Ogun State Polytechnic, Ipokia for the 2017 / 2018 academic session .
“This development further confirms government ’s position that the interest and welfare of all students of its various institutions , as well as that of their parents , is paramount and will always be accorded a pride of place by our government .
“We are confident that normalcy will return to these institutions very shortly.
“For the benefit of all stakeholders , we like to state that the crisis arose in the first place from the refusal of the lecturers to call off their strike.
“Among their demands is that government must pay them full salaries including the months they did not work on account of an illegal and totally unwarranted work to rule action .
“For the avoidance of doubt , government restates that no one will be paid for work not done . And no one will be allowed to hold the good people of Ogun State to ransom .
“We call on our students to immediately return to their classes, as we continue to work round the clock to resolve other outstanding issues .”
It would be recalled that some students of the Moshood Abiola Polytechnic, Abeokuta , had two weeks ago staged a protest and marched to the Governor ’s Office to express their concerns over the delay in the commencement of their second semester examinations .
The protest , tagged ‘ Black Week ’, was eventually quelled by the police .