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Sanwo-Olu wades into LASPOTECH crisis, orders investigation

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Concerned about the persistent industrial crisis that shook the State Polytechnic of Lagos (LASPOTECH), Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, on Friday, set up a Panel of Visits with the task of investigating all the controversial issues that put the union of the school staff against the administration.

Sanwo-Olu also ordered staff members to previously withdraw from the administration to send their letters of appeal to the Governing Council of the school within seven (7) days for a review of the process of their withdrawal,

but with the condition of that the letters of appeal are approved by the Head of Service to guarantee transparency in the review process.

The governor expressed his concern about the effects of the prolonged crisis on the welfare of the school, noting that the prevailing situation had affected the moral of the employees of the institution who respect the law, as well as the academic performance of their students.

Sanwo-Olu said the government was aware of the humiliation and denigration that the Governing Council and the school administration had endured in the past six months when this stalemate began, and called on all interested parties to keep the peace in student interest.

The governor said: “For the powers conferred on me by the Governor of the State of Lagos, I hereby order the constitution of a Panel of Visits to the Institution to investigate all controversial issues and present their recommendations for my consideration.

“The Government of the State, without prejudice to an earlier rejection of its magnanimous gesture to reconsider the disconnection of some employees of the Institution, is once again requesting the disconnected officers who are

willing to continue their service at the institution to send their letters of appeal to the Governing Council of the institution within seven days for a review of its disconnection, copies of such letters must be duly approved to the Head of Service for an impartial review of the process leading to his removal.

“Employees of the institution must bear in mind that they have a contractual obligation to perform in an optimal manner as established in the terms of their employment. ”

Any act that is contrary to this will be treated in accordance with the Public Service Rules, other regulations in force and Labor Laws.”

Sanwo-Olu said that his government appreciated the role played by a strong, dynamic and enlightened academic union in strengthening the culture of industrial harmony and development.

However, he said that his government would not be subjected to blackmail and would be deceived by “a union that continues to perform.” their agitations in a way that threatens and is becoming hostile to state peace. ”

He warned any school member determined to violate peace in school, saying that person would be treated according to the law.

“To avoid doubts, all acts that may interrupt academic activities, violate a conducive work environment and peaceful coexistence in the Institution will be treated in accordance with the Laws,” said the governor.

The governor praised the students of the school for their “peaceful conduct” in the face of the “unnecessary crisis”, wishing them good luck in their next exam.

Sanwo-Olu ensured that normalcy would be restored and maintained in the institution, while ensuring the safety of all school members during and after the exam.