The last has not been heard about the feud between Governor Ibikunle Amosun and staffers of the Moshood Abiola Polytechnic, Abeokuta.
The Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP) had since called on the National Board for Technical Education (NBTE) not to sanction ‘illegality’ in the controversy over accreditation of 42 programmes for the newly created Ogun State Polytechnic, Ipokia.
Governor Ibikunle Amosun, while laying the foundation of the new state owned polytechnic disclosed that 42 courses had been accredited for the school’s take-off in November. The government had upgraded the Moshood Abiola Polytechnic (MAPOLY), Abeokuta to Moshood Abiola University of Science and Technology (MAUSTECH) and established a new Polytechnic in Ipokia in Ipokia council of the state. The government also constituted a transition committee on MAUSTECH led by a former Executive Secretary of the National Universities Commission (NUC), Professor Peter Okebukola.
This had led to a face-off between the local chapter of the ASUP, the government and the committee over the future of the academics.
The ASUP leadership disagreed with the governor over 43 programmes said to have been accredited for the Ogun Poly, saying those programmes belonged to MAPOLY. The ASUP National Vice President, Timothy Ogunseye and Southwest Zonal Coordinator, Olawale Omobaorun, while addressing journalists at the MAPOLY campus, Ojere, Abeokuta, challenged the NBTE to speak out on the controversy and make its position known.
They lamented that the regulatory body has refused to talk on the true status of the polytechnic.
Ogunseye explained that the union was not against upgrade and creation of new polytechnic but there is no accreditation of courses, infrastructure and other amenities for proper take-off of the new polytechnic.