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Poly lecturers urge sacking of council chairman for alleged misconduct

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Lecturers at the Ondo State-owned Rufus Giwa Polytechnic, Owo (RUGIPO), under the auspices of the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnic (ASUP), have demanded urgent removal of the Chairman of Governing Council, Mr. Banji Alabi, to save the institution from total collapse.

They also accused the top management of the institution for alleged misconduct, malfeasance and gross abuse of office, urging the state governor and Visitor of the institution to investigate the allegations and sack the chairman of the council.

Chairman of the union, Mr. Oluwadare Ijawoye, flanked by other executive members of the union, while addressing journalists at NUJ Press Centre, Akure, at the weekend, said the school was already on life-support.

Ijawoye accused the management of the institution of victimising ASUP executives by illegally suspending them for unfounded allegations while only a few cronies of Alabi enjoy promotion as and when due.

“Government should do all necessary and lawful things that will not allow the National Board for Technical Education (NBTE) carry out its threat of de-accrediting all academic programmes of RUGIPO,” he said.

The lecturers urged that “government should carry out an investigation into how over N68 million of public fund was recently approved by RUGlPO’s leadership (contrary to the extant law of Ondo State) and used for the alleged purchase of about five cars, most of which are to be second-hand cars.”

The ASUP chairman noted that if the state government refuses to act fast on the situation at the institution, RUGIPO might be brought to an irredeemable poor condition.

Meanwhile, the Director of Public Relations and Protocol of the Polytechnic, Mr. Samuel Ojo, has dismissed the allegation as unfounded, adding that everything follows the due process at the school.

Ojo also noted that there was no warning from the NBTE as claimed by the ASUP leaders to de-accredit all its programmes.

The director said the chairman and secretary of ASUP, RUGIPO, had been suspended for alleged gross misconducts, insisting that contracts and spending in the institution always followed the due process and extant rules.


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