Students of Moshood Abiola Polytechnic have been asked to return to school after spending about 90 days at home.

The Academic Staff Union of Polytechnic (ASUP), Moshood Abiola Polytechnic (MAPOLY) Abeokuta Chapter, and the state government have been at loggerheads over the institution’s upgrading to Moshood Abiola University of Science and Technology.

The union also had issues with the government over the planned transfer of some of the institution’s lecturers to the newly-established Ogun State Polytechnic at Ipokia.

The issues are still not completely resolved but the union chapter’s Chairman, Kola Abiola, at the end of a congress held at the institution’s campus, called off the strike over what it called pressure put on it by many concerned prominent personalities.

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“Today, we had an emergency congress and after several appeals by eminent stakeholders within and outside the state, the congress therefore decided to suspend the strike.

“The government is aware of all our key issues, all the issues which resulted in the strike are all known to the government.

“When the crisis started we actually went to prominent personalities to intervene and now that they have intervened we think it is high time we give government the room for discussion while academic activities go on.

“We have suspended the strike, and it is now left for the management to announce when academic activities will commence,” the chapter chairman said.

Abiola explained that the union never blackmailed anyone during the strike and on no occasion did MAPOLY ASUP insult the state government.

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