Following the further cancellation of examination in Moshood Abiola Polytechnic as a result of the indefinite strike embarked on by ASUP MAPOLY Chapter, it has clearly been revealed that the welfarism of our students has greatly been denied of them and has been mismanaged.
An adage says, “when two elephants fight, the field around bears the pain”. The students has for long been suffering from the crisis rising between the Ogun State government and ASUP MAPOLY Chapter, but *”enough is enough”,* we cannot continue to suffer the pain.
Their crisis has affected us in the following ways:
1. It has made us live at extra cost out of hope that the crisis will end soon. Many of our students are still in Abeokuta suffering to feed themselves, we achieved nothing in school, yet we are spending on daily basis. Many as well has been travelling to and fro over this issue spending a lot.
2. Extension in days of education leading to another payment of house rent for students who should have finish and leave for their various places.
3. Delay in the academic career of our students. HND 2 students are facing the risk of going for their NYSC, ND1 students are with the doubt of going for their SIWES and ND 2 students are with the fear of shortened days of their IT.
4. Loss of student’s life. Some of our students were involved in an accident last week where their vehicle got totally burnt with some passengers. This was reported by a HND 1 student of Microbiology who escaped the death due to a phone call she got down from the vehicle to go and received when the vehicle broke down. How long shall we continue to lose our students life over this issue?
The Management of MAPOLY has watched the government suffer her lecturers for long and now they have been watching them suffer their students.
The ASUP has rightly been fighting for themselves and now NAPS would embark on seriously fighting for their students too if these crisis are not resolved within one week from now. Within this one week, the management should also speak to us over the issue that the students may all fully know what is happening. We would not watch the management suffer our lecturers and students any longer.
If our desire is not met in a week, we would not hesitate to take this issue up to powerful, higher and royal authorities in Ogun State and in Nigeria.
National Association of Polytechnic Students is a body of all polytechnic and college of education in Nigeria.
COMR. OLUWASEGUN SAMSON AKINNIYI (MAPOLY)
National Director of Programs, NAPS.
COMR. LILEYE SIMILEOLUWA (MAPOLY)
National Director of Publicity, NAPS.
COMR. IJADUOYE OLASUKANMI (ICT, SAPADE)
National P.R.O. NAPS.