- University of Ibadan has written the management of Igbajo Polytechnic, Osun state
- The institution denied the certificates presented by embattled rector, Akinola Olaolu
- The university in a letter stated that the rector did not have MSc and PhD in Economics from the institution
Following the crisis rocking Igbajo Polytechnic, Osun state, a community-owned tertiary institution, over the alleged fraudulent PhD certificate of the rector, the University of Ibadan has written the management of the institution denying the certificates presented by embattled rector, Akinola Olaolu.
According to The Punch, the letter, addressed to Prof. Olu Odeyemi, the chairman of the governing council, stated that Olaolu did not have MSc and PhD in Economics from the university.
When contacted the director of Public Communications, UI, Olatunji Oladejo, said the institution had no record of the rector.
Also, the rector’s alleged thesis supervisor, Prof. Ademola Ariyo, said that there was no record of Olaolu in the department of economics where he claimed to have bagged the doctorate.
When the rector was confronted with the UI’s position on the notification of result, he said he had just obtained his PhD certificate from the school.
Like the notification of result, the alleged certificate was sent to UI for verification and was again disclaimed. Checks also revealed that the University of Lagos, Akoka, where Olaolu claimed that he obtained a Bachelor of Science in Economics also said the rector did not graduate from the school.
The Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission (ICPC), in a statement by Rasheedat Okoduwa, its spokesperson, said the rector had been arrested and detained at the Ibadan office of the agency.
The chairman of the Igbajo polytechnic’s governing council, while declining to comment on the arrest, said the institution was awaiting UI’s response to the school’s enquiries.
Further investigation revealed that Olaolu had his first degree in Biology from the University of Lagos, Akoka, in June 1977. He completed his National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) on July 31, 1978. With the BSc in Biology, he registered for a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) in UI in 1996 and completed the terminal course.
However, his claim of having BSc, MSc and PhD in Economics has been proved false.
A two-page document which was obtained from a source and addressed to Odeyemi by the registrar of UI, Olubunmi Faluyi, dated June 25, 2018, confirmed the investigation.
The statement reads in part: “Mr Olugbenga Akinola Olaolu (SI 39561) was offered a provisional admission for MBA during the 1992/1993 academic session.
“From the available information in his file with the records office of our postgraduate school, he was admitted by the Senate of the University of Lagos to the degree of Bachelor of Science (Biology) with a Second Class Honours (Upper division) on June 29, 1977. However, his academic transcript was not recorded to have been verified to confirm its genuineness.
“He graduated from the Department of Economics of the University of Ibadan with an MBA degree on June 10, 1997. However, further investigation revealed that he has not collected his original certificate for this from our certificate room.
“There is no evidence to support that he obtained his PhD from the Department of Economics. His first degree is Bachelor of Science (Biology). MBA is a professional degree. It is also a terminal degree. The minimum entry requirement for an MSc in Economics is BSc from a recognised university.
"He could not have used Bachelor of Science (Biology) to secure admission for MSc Economics. To obtain a PhD in Economics from the University of Ibadan, a BSc and MSc degrees in Economics are prerequisites.
“From the foregoing, it is important to state that: Mr Olaolu Akinola Olugbenga was not offered provisional admission to study PhD in Economics in the University of Ibadan; there is no conclusive evidence that the matriculation number claimed by Mr Olaolu Akinola Olugbenga was allocated to him; the notification of results for a PhD presented for our verification was misrepresented because the date thereon does not tally with that on the certificate, among other irreconcilables; the name of Mr Olaolu Akinola Olugbenga could not be found in the thesis bank of our Department of Economics; our certificate room confirmed that the certificate purportedly issued to him is misrepresented, and therefore did not emanate from the University of Ibadan.”
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The school’s governing council held a meeting on Wednesday, July 4, after receiving the letter from UI. The resolution of the council, would be ratified by the institution’s Board of Trustees, which would meet on Thursday, July 5.
Odeyemi confirmed receipt of the letter, adding that there would be a press conference after the BOT meeting.
Legit.ng had earlier reported that following the scandal rocking Igbajo Polytechnic over the acting rector's Doctor of Philosophy certificate in Economics, the University of Ibadan denied issuing the certificate to the acting rector, Akinola Olaolu.
This was disclosed by the director of public communications of the institution, Olatunji Oladejo, on Monday June 4, Punch reports.
Olaolu, who came into the school in December 2015 as a deputy rector to the former rector, Tanimowo Oke, reportedly caused the removal of Oke after claiming to have a PhD in Economics. Oke was said to have a master's degree as of then.
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