Senior Staff, Delta Poly Ozoro Suspends Strike

By Chinedu Amede
THE Senior Staff of Delta State Polytechnic Ozoro have suspended their strike Action embarked upon since March 24, 2015. The suspension was an outcome of an emergency Congress Convened by the leadership of Senior Staff of Nigerian Polytechnics, ozoro Chapter. While addressing the members during the Congress, the Chapter Chairman, Comrade Ossai Victor explained that in line with the directive from the national leadership of the association, they decided to suspend the strike action in solidarity with the incoming government of Senator Ifeanyi Okowa.
He commended his co-executive members for their steadfastness throughout the period the strike action lasted.
Comrade Ossai urged all the senior staff of the institution to resume their normal duties, pointing out that all the demands which led to the strike action would be tabled before the new state government after its inauguration into office
While pleading with the chapter SSANIP members to comply with the directive from above, he assured them that their interest and welfare would remain the priority of the association.
The Ozoro chapter of the association, however, commended Governor Emmanuel Udughan’s outgoing administration and the management of the polytechnic for their monumental achievements in the institution, and also encouraged the members and the students of the school at large to always support the state government for its development strides.
In a separate interview with the journalists at the end of the congress, Comrade Ossai noted that though the strike action affected the students’ academic progress, especially those due for the National Youth Service Programme, graduates clearance and submission of course forms, he sympathized with them, saying that the strike action was a union affair which was binding on all members and leaders of the association nationwide.
He said that the students would as well be beneficiaries of the union’s agitation when it succeeds in scraping the HND – BSC dichotomy and wished that the incoming government would respond positively to the plight and agitation of the senior staff in order to avoid future occurrence in view of promoting the academic activities of the institution.
It would be recalled that the senior staff association of Nigeria Polytechnics embarked on nationwide strike action to press down their demands for implementation of Migration, implementation of new scheme of service for tertiary institutions, implementation of five years single tenure for principal officers, Non-scheduling of the Polytechnic institutions in Delta State and for the implementation of Sixty-five years as retirement age for the staff.