Recall that the students’ union government of federal polytechnic, Oko, on Monday, 12th February 2018 embarked on a peaceful demonstration as a result of the ongoing internal strike which the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics, Oko chapter has been into since the resumption of the 2017/2018 academic session.
Since the union’s peaceful demonstrations on Monday which was the same day ASUP Oko chapter held their congress in the school’s new CBT hall, our investigative team has been doing some underground investigations to ascertain the outcome of the union’s protest.
It will interest you to know that two days after the #Callofthestrikenowornever peaceful demonstration led by the SUG on Monday 12th February 2018, that no positive news has emanated about the strike being called off rather speculations that the strike might linger.
According to a source close to the striking ASUP body, “the protest embarked by the SUG on monday were they held (us) their lecturers hostage was the reason the ongoing strike was not called off that same monday”. He went further to state that the SUG failed to send delegates to the ASUP congress to know why the strike has lingered rather was used by the management to disrupt their congress and held them hostage on monday all in the name of protest. “Who protest help”? He queried in an unusual voice.
The source whose identity is being restricted upon the plea for anonymity stated that the SUG was not diplomatic and sensitive enough to foresee the dangers of their actions before embarking on the protest. In his words ‘the SUG were not sensitive enough to foresee the would be consequences of their uninformed action towards us. They allowed themselves to be used by the management to achieve their selfish motives”.
When asked the outcome of the union’s congress on monday over the ongoing strike. He said that the Congress was actually scheduled on monday for the union to call off the strike but in the process, the SUG disrupted their congress and that as it stands now, even he can’t make any formal statement on the union’s stand over the strike.
All attempts to reach the student’s union government public relations officer to reconcile the above claims proved abortive as he was not picking his calls nor did he replied messages sent to him before the time of this publication.