A human rights activist, Comrade Adeniyi Alimi Sulaiman has asked the embattled Rector of the Federal Polytechnic, Ede,Osun State, Mr. John Taiwo Adekolawole, to step aside from office honourably over the allegation of gross misconducts leveled against him by the ASUP Chairman of the Polytechnic, Mr. A. Masopa recently.
He stated that the call became imperative as a way to pave way for independent investigators to investigate the mirage of allegations, bordering on plagiarism, abuse of office, nepotism and other grave
offences leveled against Adekolawole.
This was contained in a signed statement by Comrade Sulaiman and copies were made available to newsmen on Tuesday, alleging that Adekolawole had committed grave offences in the service of the
Polytechnic which made him to change his surname from Edaogbogun to
Adekolawole because he had earlier been barred from holding any duty and sensitive position in the citadel of learning, adding that Edaogbogun (now Adekolawole) was alleged to be barred through a letter titled: SUSPENSION WITHOUT PAY AND REMOVAL FROM DIRECTORSHIP AND HEADSHIP OF THE SCHOOL OF APPLIED SCIENCES AND DEPARTMENT OF LABORATORY TECHNOLOGY RESPECTIVELY,
The statement added that the current Rector of the Federal Polytechnic,Ede,Mr. J.T. Edaogbogun (as he then was) changed his surname to present Adekolawole when he realized that the name “Edaogbogun” could not be allowed to occupy any position of responsibility in the Polytechnic community because Edaogbogun had been used to perpetrate evils as a Lecturer in the year past in the
Polytechnic which made the disciplinary Committee of the institution to suspend him without pay for two session and as well removed him from Directorship and Headship of the School of Applied Sciences and Department of Science Laboratory Technology respectively over what they termed as “Gross Misconduct’ as contained in a Letter dated 1st
November,1995 with reference number:-FPE/99/01/117 and signed by the
then Registrar of the institution,F.C. Mordi.
Sulaiman who is Executive Chairman, Centre for Human Rights and Social
Justice (CHRSJ) further alleged that Adekolawole had involved in the
financial mismanagement of the School funds to the tune of Sixty million naira (N60, 000,000), noting that the rights group (CHRSJ) had concluded arrangement to forward a Petition Letter to the nation’s anti-graft body for alleged financial mismanagement and other sundry issues against Adekolawole.
According to the statement; our investigation revealed that Mr.
Edaogbogun Adekolawole led management team of the Polytechnic in
collaboration with the Polytechnic Governing Council Chairman, hired
ADMUHAM Travels and Tours to organize illegal retreats for few members
of the Governing Council where the sum of Forty million naira ( N40,000,000) were approved and withdrawn from the Polytechnic treasury in less than twenty- four (24) hours as reflected in the two internal memory double dated 12th February,2020 with reference
Also, through internal Memo dated 30th January, 2020 with reference
number:-FPE/REC/PRO/308, the Rector approved illegal sum of Eight Hundred and Ninety Thousand, One Hundred and Eighty Naira (N891, 180.00k) for air ticket, hotel accommodation and transport fare for the wedding ceremony of the younger brother of the Council Chairman in
Sokoto State and Rector approved the same Air ticket fare for his wife, Mrs. Olukemi Adekolawole and many more of financial scandals.
It would be recalled recently in the media that the Rector of the Federal Polytechnic, Ede, has been alleged to have enmeshed in series of allegations of violating the extant laws guiding the regulations of
the institution by the Polytechnic ASUP Chairman, saying that since
Adekolawole became Rector, his tenure has been characterized with lopsided appointment, indiscriminate issuance of queries, nepotism, disobedience to the extant rules and others.
Part of the reported allegations against the Rector in the media, were; on December 11,2017, few month after his appointment as Rector gave his wife, Mrs. Olukemi Adekolawole,what can be regarded as triple promotion.Although, the Rector had refuted all the allegations of gross misconducts leveled against him by the ASUP boss.