In a bid to ensure industrial harmony in the institutions, the Federal Government has set up panel to investigate the recent crises that enveloped the Federal Polytechnic Oko, Anambra State and the Federal Polytechnic, Ado-Ekiti, Ekiti State leading to threat for a fresh industrial action by the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics(ASUP).
Minister of Education, Malam Ibrahim Shekarau, who inaugurated the ministerial fact-finding and reconciliation committee in Abuja, said the measure was to ensure normalcy in the institutions.
It will be recalled that the Governing Councils of the two federal Polytechnics had suspended all union activities in their institutions, a development that led to feud between the lectures and management of the institutions.
The leadership of ASUP, however, had shelved the strike following the intervention of the minister, who described the action of the governing councils as illegal.
The lecturers had demanded for immediate revocation of the decisions by the governing councils of Federal polytechnics, Oko in Anambra State and Ado, in Ado-Ekiti, to suspend all union activities in the institutions and the sack of their union leaders.
The committee, which has the Director of Tertiary Education, Mrs Hindatu Abdullahi as chairman, director of audit and director of press and public relations as members, was mandated to examine some of the issues in contention between the unions and management/councils of the two institutions.
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