Naijauto has just gathered that the management board of Rufus Giwa Polytechnic in Owo, Ondo state has permanently dismissed its ASUP Chairman – Oluwadare Ijawoye and the ASUP secretary, Ade Arikawe, at the same time over an alleged Car purchase scandal involving them.
There are lots of controversies springing up regarding the sudden dismissal of the ASUP chairman of Rufus Giwa Polytechnic
According to the reports reaching us, the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP) had also accused the Institution’s Governing council chairman alongside many other principal officers of corrupt usage of the school’s funds in purchasing cars illegally.
The general public got informed of this dismissal by a circular which the institution’s management board issued and was released by its Director of Public Relations, Mr Samuel Ojo to NAN (News Agency of Nigeria) in Akure recently. The circular reads thus;
“This is to certify that Mr. Oluwadare Ijawoye and Mr. Ade Arikawe have been dismissed from the service of the Rufus Giwa Polytechnic, Owo, for gross misconduct and barred from entering the polytechnic.
“The duo, therefore, cease to be chairman and secretary of the suspended ASUP.
“Anyone transacting business with them is doing so at his risk,”
This “sack” development has brought about some controversies because press reports claim that the dismissed ASUP Chairman, Oluwadare Ijawoye had initially alleged that the management of the polytechnic misused a whopping ₦68 million to purchase just 5 vehicles which he claimed were not brand-new but rather second-hand models. Ijawoye also claimed that he believes the dismissal is coming as a face-off because the school management already knew that they were only legally allowed to spend just ₦14million.
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In response to these claims by the sacked ASUP chairman; Mr Banji Alabi – the current chairman of RUGIPO’s governing council gave a counter statement by telling the press that;
“Not a dime belonging to the polytechnic has been illegally deposited into the Governing Council chairman’s account or that of any of the council members.
“It will be nice if Mr. Ijawoye can back his claims with relevant documents indicating such transactions, for the onus of proof is on he who accused.
“Buying official cars for council chairman and principal officers is statutory and, in this instance, the polytechnic did not buy brand new cars but fairly used cars and were bought as appropriated in the polytechnic,”
So, who really misappropriated the School’s fund in purchasing over-priced cars?
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