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Court to rule on sacked Kwara Poly unionists

By Demola Akinyemi

Ilorin — The re-absorption of the sacked union leaders in Kwara State Polytechnic will now be decided by the court, Engr. Yisa Ayinla Yeketi, Chairman, Governing Council has said. The sack had followed a prolonged strike that led to the removal of the immediate past Rector and the emergence of the present management.

Speaking in an interview with journalists in Ilorin, Yeketi explained that those decisions were taken by the management to immediately put an end to the protracted crisis and reposition the polytechnic for the challen-ges ahead and to reclaim its lost glory as envisioned by the founding fathers.

Dialogue, due process
Yeketi noted that the belief of the present management in the use of dialogue to end crisis facilitated the truce between it and the sacked union leaders who, he said, are insisting on returning to the polytechnic to resume work.

He, however, said that since the management took the decision to sack them, it was not always easy to change such a decision with a wave of the hand, as the same management would need to sit to reverse the decision which was always difficult because many factors often come into play.
“So as it is now, they have decided to go back to court to seek redress. That is the situation now,” he stressed.

Achievements of present mgt
Engineer Yeketi also  used the opportunity to list the many achievements of the present management since its assumption of office.

According to him, the present management has ensured: uninterrupted academic sessions, enfor-cing discipline among the students, clean environ-ment and infrastructural development, among others.

He added that already arrangements have been concluded by the manage-ment to change the curricu-lum of the students in line with the present technolo-gical advancement so they could be empowered to be employers of labour.


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