From Jimoh Joseph, Ado-Ekiti
The authority of the Federal Polytechnic, Ado-Ekiti, has commenced a probe into the alleged fraud perpetrated by the administration of former Rector, Dr. Taiwo Akande,
The polytechnic disclosed on Wednesday that Akande was being probed for alleged mismanagement of workers’ promotion arrears among others alleged underhand deals
The Governing Council has placed a three-month suspension on the Registrar, Mrs. Sade Adediran, and the Bursar, Mr. E.A. Oni Olabode and 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 beeninstituted into her tenure by the Poly authorities.
Akande who spoke telephone on Wednesday said she did not know anything about promotion arrears which she said was the responsibility of the Budget Office.
She said: “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.”