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4 Osun institutions vow to embark on strike if the suspension of Admission is not reverse in 14 days

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COUNCIL OF ACADEMIC STAFF
UNIONS OF OSUN STATE-OWNED
TERTIARY INSTITUTIONS (CASUOSTI)
LABOUR SIDE IN JOINT NEGOTIATING
COUNCIL OF
ACADEMIC STAFF UNION OF
POLYTECHNICS (ASUP)
&
COLLEGES OF EDUCATION ACADEMIC
STAFF UNION (COEASU)
Our Ref. CASUOSTI/15/02/15 Date:
21st December, 2015
Ogbeni Rauf Adesoji Aregbesola,
The Executive Governor,
State of Osun,
Bola Ige House,
Osogbo.
Mr. Governor Sir,
STOPPAGE OF ADMISSION EXERCISE
IN OSUN STATE-OWNED
POLYTECHNICS AND COLLEGES OF
EDUCATION: 14-DAY ULTIMATUM FOR
REVERSION
The Managements of the State-owned
Colleges of Education (Ilesa and Ila-
Orangun) and Polytechnics (Iree and
Esa-Oke) respectively have put the
admission of students for the
2015/2016 academic session on hold
under the guise of complying with a
directive from the State Government
that admission must not be
conducted in the next two years. With
utmost respect, we believe you would
recall that we raised this issue in our
letter with reference no.
CASUOSTI/15/02/14 dated 11th
December, 2015. The confusion
caused by the stoppage of the
admission exercise has been
complicated by the silence of
Government on the said letter.
Consequently, we are using this
medium to demand that Government
should come out straight on this issue
and withdraw any directive stopping
the admission exercise within the next
fourteen (14) days to prevent
industrial crisis in the sector.
Going by the laws establishing the
institutions, admission of students
and other academic processes are
under the purview of the Academic
Board of each institution. Academic
activities in tertiary institutions should
not be administered by political
intuition and intrusion, no matter how
well-intentioned, without recourse to
statutory regulations and institutional
autonomy and sanctity. Apart from
constituting flagrant breach of the law
and institutional due process, any
attempt by Government to stop the
admission exercise in these schools,
inter alia, is totally unacceptable
because it:
1. hurts the institutions’ preparation
towards the next accreditation
exercise, which is due within the next
few months;
2. impedes on the institutions’
community service roles;
3. leads to disqualification for
interventionist opportunities such as
provisions from TETFund which are
tied to enrollment;
4. damages institutional reputation
and leads to risk of litigation because
these institutions have advertised the
admission and collected application
fees from would-be students;
5. will leave the large number of
students under the preliminary
programmes stranded as their chance
of transition to Year 1 class is so
abruptly nullified;
6. opens wide room for suspicion and
speculation of clandestine move by
Government to scrap the institutions
through the back-door and thus
throw staffers out of job;
7. is bound to cause about 50% cut in
each institution’s Internally Generated
Revenue (IGR) by which Government
is relieved of the running costs and
payment of unconsolidated
allowances of staff;
8. will leave the two State Polytechnics
with no student at all and the two
Colleges of Education with only the
last one-thirds of their students, come
October 2016.
We remain confident in your belief in
the rule of law and due process. It is
therefore our hope that this issue and
those raised in our preceding letter
would be given prompt attention in
the interest of all stakeholders in the
State’s public tertiary education sector.
We assure you of our best regards
always.
For and on behalf of ASUP (Iree and
Esa-Oke chapters) and COEASU (Ilesa
and Ila-Orangun chapters),
Signed.

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