Lagos – Two labour unions at the Yaba College of Technology (YABATECH) have condemned “the current campaign of calumny against YABATECH and its authorities by a disgruntled former staff of the college’’.
The unions are the Senior Staff Association of Nigeria Polytechnics (SSANIP) and the Non-Academic Staff Union NASU.
The condemnation is contained in a statement signed by the Chairman of SSANIP, Mr Olorumbe Omopariola, and the Chairman of NASU, Mr Ilesanmi Olatunbosun.
“We have watched with measured breath the dangerous campaign of calumny against Yaba College of Technology, its management and governing council in the media in recent times and wish to say without mincing words that “enough is enough.
“We have been silent for some time hoping that sanity will be restored and the arrow head of the campaign, a former staff of the college, will see reason and restrain himself from further heating up the system.
“Our silence was informed by legal restrictions because as law abiding unions, we did not, and will not contravene the laws of the land.
“The recent show of shame by a faction of the Civil Liberties Organisation has forced us to come up with this effort for two reasons.
“One is to prevent right-thinking Nigerians from taking the negative publicity, orchestrated by the former bursar as the gospel truth and to correct the impression that all is not well in YABATECH.
“We avow to encourage anyone in doubt of the tranquility and positive development in the college to visit this premier citadel and see things for themselves.’’
The unions appealed to the courts to give the cases before them speedy hearing so that the truth about the dust raised about the quiet revolution going on in YABATECH could be revealed for all and sundry to see.
The unions also appealed to members to keep hope alive and restrain themselves from doing anything injurious or detrimental to anyone, noting that the courts were there to arbitrate.
“The court is there to prove the truth and restore the dignity of man.’’ (NAN