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LASPOTECH students groan as govt and workers fight over arrears

Academic activities resumed on Monday at the Lagos State Polytechnic (LASPOTECH) after a series of strike (May 2017; June 5-20 and August 1-15, 2017). However, the case involving the workers’unions and the Lagos State Government over the implementation of the Consolidated Tertiary Institution Salary Scale (CONTISS) 15 is pending at the National Industrial Court (NIC) in Lagos.

The court has directed the parties to resolve the matter, failing which it would go into adjudication. How the issue will be resolved is yet to be seen.

At the root of the matter is the payment of arrears following the government’s agreement to domesticate the 2009 Agreement involving the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP), according to the nation, the Non-Academic Staff Union (NASU) and the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Polytechnics (SSANIP) and the Federal Government in 2010.

Implementation, according to ASUP in a statement signed by its General Secretary, Olayinka Uthman, was to start in 2011. It claimed that the government agreed to pay arrears from 2009. Part of the CONTISS 15 was to be sourced from the polytechnic’s internally-generated revenue.

Following the government’s approval, the immediate past rector, Dr Abdulazeez Lawal, set up a committee to set out modalities for migration to CONTISS 15. The committee, in its June 2014 report, noted that it would cost N19,718, 559 outside the institution’s wage bill to pay the allowance monthly.

The polytechnic sought approval to begin payment of the CONTISS 15 and migrate to the new scheme of service approved by the National Board for Technical Education (NBTE) in September 2014, which would cost a total of N229,401,307.

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