Barely two years after the activities of the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP) was banned in Rufus Giwa Polytechnic Owo, the management has rescinded its decision.
In a circular signed by Mr Nugbami, J. O., the Administrative Assistant to the Rector, Mr Gani Ogundahunsi, dated 20th January, 2022, the institution noted that the management is convinced that the Union is now ready to take its right of place in the running of its affairs towards the advancement of the ideals of the union and those of the institution at large.
The circular reads: “It would be recalled that on the 9th day of October 2019, the Management of this Institution had good cause to suspend the activities of the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (Rufus Giwa Polytechnic, Owo Chapter) based on the belligerent, uncompromising and confrontational attitude displayed by the then leadership of the Union which almost led to a total breakdown of law and order in the Institution.
“Since then, there have been series of interventions and engagements by the relevant stakeholders on the need to revamp and reposition the Union towards the realisation of its core objectives and responsibilities to the students, staff, management and, indeed, the entire polytechnic community.
“In the light of the foregoing, in the pervading spirit of reconciliation and industrial harmony and above all, based on the assurances that the Union will no longer derail or be infiltrated by the agents of destabilisation of the System, I am directed to state that the Suspension placed on the activities of the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (Rufus Giwa Polytechnic, Owo Chapter) is hereby lifted with immediate effect”.
It enjoined the union to reciprocate the kind gesture by ensuring that only credible and focused leadership is elected into the various positions in the union, henceforth.