BY RAYMOND OSHO
The Students Union of Moshood Abiola Polytechnic has sent a note of warning to a group of intellectuals under the aegis of Abeokuta Club, to desist from opposing the move by Ogun State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun to amend the law which established Moshood Abiola University of Science and Technology.
The Union led by its President, Comrade Samson Omoniyi, emerging from a Press Conference held in Abeokuta, the State capital on Monday July 22, 2019 said the media statement credited to the intellectuals of the club, comprising majorly Egba descendants amounted to politicising the good intentions of the state government.
The 40-year-old Polytechnic has been having serious crisis since the previous government converted the polytechnic into a degree awarding institution through legislation.
This move which had been perceived as unprecedented by some quarters sparked up different protest from stakeholders especially the Academic and non-academic staff of the institution.
Having assumed office, the Governor ordered that the status quo of the institution should remain.
Abiodun has also sent an executive bill to the state House of Assembly requesting the amendment of the law which established the degree -awarding-institution.
In reaction to this, the Egba descendants, under the umbrella of the Abeokuta Club has opposed the move by the Governor to tamper with the existence or law which established the university.
During the briefing, Omoniyi insisted that MAPOLY should not be scrapped, adding that the students has suffered enough trauma over the fate of the school.
He said the union was displeased by the position of the Abeokuta Club at a time the new Governor is poised to restore the institution’s status with full academic activities.
He said: “It should be on record that the committee set up by Governor Abiodun to review the working modalities of the two new institutions requested submission by members of the public which the Students Union of MAPOLY was represented by the President, Comrade Samson Omoniyi and the General Secretary, Comrade Kausarat Olajide, at the sitting held at Mitros Hall, Ibara, Abeokuta.
“The plan by the Governor to restore and retain MAPOLY is the best decision and the greatest height of fairness by the Governor who has proven to be just in its approach to issues that affects the generality of the state.
“We believe that democracy can only be strengthened when all stakeholders are not religious, ethnic and regional bias in their analysis of issues of national development as sentiments will only weaken our democracy”.
The union stated that the establishment and subsequent conversion of the Polytechnic to the University status was responsible for the industrial strike action that has bedeviled the institution.
“It should be recalled that the politicization motives behind the creation and conversion of OgunPoly, MAPOLY and MAUSTECH contributed to the brouhaha that rock the process which adversely affects academic activities of the 40years old institution and the economic fortune of the region.
“It is so saddening that a group that has failed to lend a voice when the creation and conversion of this institution was in mess now clamour for the retaining of MAUSTECH at the expense of 40years old MAPOLY. It will amount to foolishness to kill a 40years old king because a prince is born.
“Our position as students of the prestigious institution, Moshood Abiola Polytechnic, is that MAPOLY MUST STAY with full academic activities.
“We have suffered enough from the brouhaha that emanate from the creation and conversion process, we cannot afford to experience such again.
“We want to commend Governor Abiodun for his swift response to every issue that affects MAPOLY and the education system in general as we look forward to his intervention on the bad state of road that links the school gate from Iyana-Oloke junction”, said Omoniyi.