Ex Poly Rector Faces Probe Over Alleged N98m Promotion Arrears Scam

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By; OLADELE ADEDAYO, Ado-Ekiti
A probe by the management of the Federal Polytechnic, Ado-Ekiti into the administration of its former Rector, Dr. Taiwo Akande, for allegedly playing games with workers’ promotion arrears has commenced.
A source at the institution disclosed on Wednesday that Akande was being probed for alleged mismanagement of workers’ promotion arrears to the tune of N98 million.
However,the institution’s Governing Council has slammed a three-month suspension on the Registrar,Mrs. Sade Adediran and the Bursar, Mr. E.A. Onaolapo.
The Council has appointed Mr. J.O. Awoniyi as the Acting Registrar and
Mr. E.O. Aboluje,as the Acting Bursar.
According to a statement signed by the Deputy Registrar,Information,
Mr. Ade Adeyemi-Adejolu,the suspended officers have been ordered to step aside for a period of three months “consequent upon an ongoing restructuring.”
The statement said the decision was arrived at during the Council’s
statutory meeting held on 15th February while considering the
recommendations of the report of one of its ad hoc committees raised
to look into operations of the Akande-led management.
The Council has set up a fact-finding panel to investigate the wrongdoings allegedly perpetrated by Akande in collaboration with
Adediran and Onaolapo between 2015 and 2017.
The panel is to turn in its report ahead of the next statutory meeting
of the Council scheduled for May 2018.
But the ex-Rector Akande,said she was not aware that a probe has been
instituted into her tenure by the Poly authorities.
Akande who spoke in a telephone chat on Wednesday said she did not
know anything about promotion arrears which she said was the
responsibility of the Budget Office.
According to her”I am not aware of that but I know that was the period when I was having problems with the unions.
“Nobody has contacted me about any probe and I don’t know anything about promotion arrears because that is the duty of the Budget Office Promotion arrears were not paid throughout my tenure.
“We have made presentation to the Budget Office and that is all I can
say about it for now. Let them contact me so that I can talk better.”

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