Alleged Fraudulent Act hits Ondo Poly, as Group Uncovers Plot to Smear Image of RUGIPO Rector

By: Oluwatosin Adesola

A group has kicked even as the management of Rufus Giwa Polytechnic, Owo, Ondo state has been alleged of jittery of being exposed to Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu as a result of the death of his Chief of Protocol Barrister Tosin Ogunbodede.

A source who is a Chief Lecturer, (who pleaded anonymity for fear of being humiliated ) disclosed that, the Registrar Alhaji Atiku Sule has been apprehensive since the death of the CoP, due to alleged fear that the management numerous fraudulent activities perpetrated since their inception may soon be exposed to the Governor.

However in a swift reaction, a group, the Integrity Network, described the allegation as untrue, insisting that it has uncovered plans to malign the character of the Rector of Rufus Giwa Polytechnic Owo, through malicious publication.

The group noted that the publication which is sponsored by some faceless groups is designed to destroy the reputation of the Rector who has brought rapid development to the polytechnic.

The Senior lecturer said, “the CoP has been allegedly shielding them (management staff) by blocking all reports and petitions from getting to the Governor. We are not rejoicing over his death but it will surely bring a turn around in the area of maladministration in the institution by the time the Governor beams his torchlight of good governance on them.

“Some of the fraudulent activities include:

The process of appointment of the principal officers was a big fraud. Proper due process was not followed . How can applicants be part of shortlisting committee. The Rector and Registrar were judges in their own cases.

“The Rector will retire this year going by his official age of 65 years he declared. He would have spent 2 years from the 5 years single term approved by our Regulatory Body NBTE. Knowing fully that NBTE stated categorically that a- would – be Rector should not be more than 59 years at time of application as a major requirement for application. This instruction was violated.

“It will then mean that he didn’t complete his term. Aside that, he was supposed to have retired years back following the law establishing the institution which pegged retirement age of academic staff at 60.

“This law was amended and approved last year, meaning that he was supposed to have retired 5 years back. He should be made to leave the office immediately and pay back to the coffer of the polytechnic all he has fraudulently collected. No wonder the subversion is not enough.

“He had two appointments in a single day to two various offices. One as a Deputy Rector ( not following the election due process) and Acting Rector. This is a capital fraud my brother.

“He bought “FAIRLY USED / TOKUNBO” vehicle for the principal officer almost at the rate of new ones, knowing fully that Government policy does not support the purchase of second hand/ fairly used materials.

“He approved the transfer of 28 million naira to the personal account of the Council Chairman Mr. Banji Alabi for the purchase of his own car without recourse to due process.

“Employment Racketeering: The recent employment was over bloated. Over 500 new staffs were employed despite the financial crisis in the institution. How do we pay all these people.

“About 90% of them are from Isuada community . No due process. It was a ” Cash and Carry employment ” pay and get your letter.

“The Registrar does what he wants in the school because he is above the Rector. He commands the Rector to his wishes. When he talks, the Rector keeps quiet.

The source said “the intervention of the People’s Governor is highly needed in the school. He needs to set up a probe panel, else the school will sink. Thank God the Governor is a man of the people and a son of the soil. Talk and do Governor. He needs to rescue the school from the hands of this vultures.”

GROUP UNCOVERS PLANS TO DENT RUGIPO RECTOR’S IMAGE

A group, the Integrity Network, said it has uncovered plans to malign the character of the rector of Rufus Giwa Polytechnic Owo, through malicious publication.

The group noted that the publication which is sponsored by some faceless groups is designed to destroy the reputation of the Rector who has brought rapid development to the polytechnic.

In the said publication, it was mentioned that the Rector approved the transfer of 28 million naira to the personal account of the Council Chairman Mr. Banji Alabi for the purchase of his own car without recourse to due process.

It was also mentioned that the Rector bought “FAIRLY USED / TOKUNBO” vehicle for the Principal Officers almost at the rate of new ones, knowing fully that Government policy does not support the purchase of second hand/ fairly used materials.

The publication also accused the Rector of involving himself in employment racketeering with over 500 new staff employed despite the financial crisis in the institution. How do we pay all these people?, he queried.

The issue of retirement age of the Rector was also revealed with allegation that he has ran foul of 5 years single term approved by our Regulatory Body, NBTE.

But the group, in a swift reaction, said the allegations are baseless.

According to a statement issued by the group the Rector has not engaged in any financial misappropriation.

The statement reads, “the Rector didn’t approve the transfer of 28 million naira to the personal account of the Council Chairman, Mr. Banji Alabi for the purchase of his own car without recourse to due process. The records are there for everybody to see.

“The allegation of purchase of second hand vehicles at the rate of new vehicles was also a mere rumour

“The Rector was not also involved in any employment racketeering . These are liars coming from the pit of hell”, the statement stated.

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