- A group has dismissed reports of fraud in Federal Polytechnic Ile Oluji, Ondo state
- A media report had alleged that job racketeering was ongoing in the higher institution
- The group, Transparency Advocacy For Development Initiative, said it embarked on a fact-finding mission to unravel the truth
A group, Transparency Advocacy For Development Initiative (TADI) has declared that a recent media report on alleged fraud in the Federal Polytechnic Ile Oluji, Ondo state is false.
Ambassador Yomi David, executive director of TADI, stated this while addressing a press briefing in Abuja on Wednesday, November 25.
He said the group has made its own independent findings after the report and found out that it was a smear campaign.
“Our organization with the culture of due diligence at getting to the root of any matter or perceived wrongdoing in any sphere of the society, we moved into action to get at the root of the matter in other to establish fact and balance information being released to the public domain.
“In doing this we put the issue of the allegations at the front burner, while also being mindful of the element of fake information that might occur in the cause of the said allegations as published by some of the online news publishers.”
He said TADI painstakingly carried out its findings on Thursday, November 13 by visiting the institution on a fact-finding mission to unravel facts about the allegations.
“Through our findings, we deployed the instrumentality of the freedom of information act to demands for documents that we needed to point out.
“The school management largely obliged by turning in documents that shows that there was no employment done in the school wrongly, as there was no waiver for employment as at the time the publication was published.
“In our findings, we observed that the institution needed adjunct staff to fill in the spaces of some of the institution lecturers who were on study leave outside the country, and for the purpose of accreditation and lecturing, a move that those not in anyway connotes job racketeering.”
Meanwhile, the federal government on Wednesday, November 11, reinstated the suspended vice-chancellor of the University of Lagos, Professor Oluwatoyin Ogundipe.
Ogundipe's reinstatement was contained in a statement issued by the director of press and public relations, ministry of education, Ben-Bem Goong, in Abuja.
The statement noted that the removal of Professor Ogundipe as the vice-chancellor did not follow due process.
In a related development, Oyo and its sister state Osun have both agreed to end the joint ownership of the Ladoke Akintola University (LAUTECH).
Abubakar Rasheed, the executive secretary of the National Universities Commission (NUC), made this disclosure during a press briefing in Abuja on Friday, November 20.
According to NUC official, Osun and Oyo states mutually agreed on the dissolution which was formalised through the signing of a memorandum of agreement by the two state governors.
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