ASUP flays Obaseki over academic unions’ ban

By Opeyemi Babalola

The Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics yesterday, took a swipe at the Governor of Edo State, Godwin Obafemi over the ban placed on unions in Edo State Government-owned tertiary institutions.

It would be recalled that the governor had suspended the activities of the academic and non-academic unions including that of polytechnic in the state over the lingering strike actions by the university unions which commenced in February.

Challenging the decision of the governor to place a ban on the union, ASUP, in a statement signed by its National President, Anderson Ezeibe, noted that it was not within the scope of the law for a state governor to make such a decision.

The statement read, “We are miffed by such a lazy, uncouth and despotic reaction to issues of trade dispute in the institutions by the state government in a democratic dispensation.

“It is a contradiction for a government installed through the globally acclaimed rights of freedom of expression and peaceful assembly which represent the core values of democracy to descend to such a level of intolerance to the same values.

“The Edo State Polytechnic Usen, which is the only polytechnic owned by the Edo State Government and currently under the direct ‘rulership’ of a certain Ag. Rector is one of the worst administered polytechnics in the country today.”

The union added, “We condemn in totality this purported ban as it does not have the support of the law with labour being on the exclusive legislative list and clearly beyond the meddlesomeness of state governments.

“Our union shall challenge this to the full extent of the law, the same way we are challenging the same disposition by the Kogi state government.”

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