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Tension in Ede Poly, as union accuses Rector of infraction, abuse of power

There is palpable tension at the Federal Polytechnic, Ede, Osun State, over an alleged infraction perpetrated by the Rector, Dr John Taiwo Adekolawole.

He was accused of dishing out repressive and Draconian directives targeted at members of staff, particularly the academic staff of the polytechnic, among many other allegations.

According to Mr. A. Masopa, the Chairman of Academic Staff Union, Federal Polytechnic, Ede chapter, in an interview with DAILY POST on Monday, the Rector is notorious for indiscriminate issuance of queries to perceived ‘enemies,’ as well as giving lopsided appointments and nepotism.

He alleged that the Rector, against the extant law of the institution and administrative procedure, unilaterally gave an unmerited promotion to his wife.

He, therefore, substantiated his claim by producing a letter, which indicates that Mrs Adekolawole was promoted from CONTEDISS 7 to CONTEDISS 9 and backdated to January ,2017, while the financial benefit started from January 2018.

“On December 11, 2017, few months after his appointment as the Rector, Dr Adekolawole gave his wife, Mrs Olukemi Adekolawole what can be regarded as triple promotion”, Masopa lamented.

Meanwhile, another letter sighted by our Correspondent revealed that Mrs Adekolawole ought not to have been promoted in July, 2017, due to what the junior staff Appointment and Promotion Committee described as ‘inadequate qualifications’.

A member of the management, who craved anonymity insisted that Mrs Adekolawole did not merit the promotion given to her by her husband, as she had not added any qualification as at the time she was promoted.

The source further revealed that the promotion committee was supposed to sit on her matter and should not be a unilateral decision of the Rector.

In his reaction, the Rector said his wife was promoted in line with the administrative procedure of the institution.

“For your information, my wife was duly promoted. She is now a Chartered Accountant, and she is even on level eleven. We are going to do next upgrading, those with ICAN will be promoted,” the Rector said.

He, however, parried questions bothering on other allegations.

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