LASPOTECH crisis: Lagos heads to court, directs staff to return to work
To forestall any activity capable of impeding academic continuity for students of the Lagos State Polytechnic, the State Government has filed a motion on notice for interlocutory injunction before the National Industrial Court sitting in Lagos to restrain the unions from embarking on another strike action.
Special Adviser to Governor Ambode on Education, Obafela Bank-Olemoh, said the originating processes and motion on notice for interlocutory injunction have been served on the three unions, the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP), Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Polytechnics (SSANIP) and Non Academic Staff Union (NASU).
He said the government, since October 2016, has actively engaged and held discussions with the three unions based on their request that the Consolidated Tertiary Institutions Salary Structure (CONTISS) 15 Migration Scheme, developed in 2009 by the National Board for Technical Education (NBTE), be implemented with payment of the accruing 87 months’ arrears, computed to the tune of N1.7billion.
According to him, in the intervening months since the matter was first brought to the attention of the government, deliberations have been carried out through the Governing Council of the school and related MDAs specifically Ministries of Establishment, Training & Pension, Public Service Office (PSO), and Economic Planning & Budget in order to ensure that the matter was properly addressed.
Bank-Olemoh added that the State’s Ministry of Education also reached out to the NBTE to ascertain the exact provisions and mandate of the CONTISS 15 Salary Migration Scheme noting that the response was that the demands of the unions were not in line with the provisions set out by the NBTE in 2009.
He wondered that despite the fact that a copy of the report, dated July 14th, 2017, was sent to the Governing Council of Laspotech, they had maintained their stance.
“In this regard, all staff are hereby directed to resume work without further delay, while the management should monitor compliance and report same to the Ministry of Education,” Bank-Olemoh said.