LASPOTECH’s staff unions laud Ambode over rector’s appointment

 Three staff unions of the Lagos State Polytechnic (LASPOTECH) on Saturday welcomed the appointment of the 10th rector from within the institution.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the unions had in April vowed to resist any effort by the state government to appoint an outsider as the rector.

The unions are the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnic (ASUP), the Non-Academic Staff Union (NASU) and the Senior Staff Association of Nigeria Polytechnics (SSANIP).

Gov. Akinwunmi Ambode Lagos had on June 25 announced the appointment of Mr Oluyinka Sogunro as the rector to replace Mr Abulazeez Lawal whose tenure expired on June 1.

Sogunro joined the polytechnic in January 1990 as Lecturer III in the Department of Mathematics and was the institution’s Deputy Rector, Administration.

Representatives of the unions in separate interviews with NAN said the appointment had put paid to their collective struggles for the appointment of a serving staff as rector.

Mr Thomas Awoyemi, the Chairman of SSANIP, said:“It is good news. We just need to appreciate the state government for giving us what we want that settles it.

“As long as the person that was appointed is an internal candidate that is how I and my union want it.

“He has been on ground for many years; in other words, whoever is to be appointed would have known the problems before assumption of duty.

“It will be easier tackling the issues and lead the staff. Even those of us who are to be led would have known the antecedents and character of such a person.

“We expect him to provide the best leadership — meeting the requests of staff within the available resources, being transparent, and also making judicious use of resources.’’

On his part, Mr Akinawon Fasasi, the Chairman, of NASU, urged Sogunro to improve the institution’s internally generated revenue, noting that the institution was experiencing challenges in the area of finance.

“We urgently need to augment the government’s subvention for the payment of our salaries.

“He will have to re-energise the internally generated revenue sources so that we will be able to sustain the payment of salaries.’’

Fassasi also urged the rector to leverage on the infrastructural development successes recorded by the previous administration as well as focus on training and capacity building.

“He too should take that as a challenge and be ready to surpass that achievement,’’ he also told NAN.

“He should see to the development of staff in terms of training and research because the strength of any organisation is the capacity of its human resources.’’

Mr Steven Adesemoye, a lecturer in the Department of Mass Communication, advised the rector to bring all stakeholders together for the development of the school.

He said:“I want to also use this medium to call other candidates who lost to him to join hands for a better institution.

“He should be watchful of fifth columnists because people will come and tell him stories …he should double-check.’’


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