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MAPOLY Rector’s Sack Causes Confusion

Moshood Abiola Polytechnic (MAPOY) Rector was reportedly sacked last week and it made headlines in several newspapers. The Rector of the school however claimed that he applied for end of tenure terminal leave and he was not sacked. This is contrary to reports that were made known to the public. We have not heard anything from MAPOLY’s deputy rector, even as a new rector was appointed.

Read the full gist as reported by NationalMirror

Controversy has continued to trail the sack of the Rector of the Ogun State-owned Moshood Abiola Polytechnic, MAPOLY, Mr. Tokunbo Fowode (an architect).

Fowode, who addressed a press conference in Abeokuta yesterday, said he was still in charge of affairs of the institution.

He explained that he only applied for an end of tenure terminal leave which was approved by the state government.

His declaration came on the heels of a purported rejection of the new Rector whose name was announced by the Visitor to MAPOLY, Governor Ibikunle Amosun, last week.

Amosun’s administration, last week, appointed Professor Bamidele Itiola as substantive rector, claiming that Fowode had requested for an end of tenure leave.

The MAPOLY branch of the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics, ASUP, has in a communiqué issued after the end of its emergence meeting in Abeokuta on Tuesday, rejected the appointment of a new rector for the institution, accusing the state government of not following due process.

The communiqué signed the institution’s chapter ASUP Chairman, Olawale Adetunji and the Publicity Secretary, Oyerinde Abiola, said only the Governing Council of the polytechnic had the power to handle the appointment of a rector.

The communiqué reads in part: “There is an existing agreement between the union and the government, that rectors shall only be appointed for the polytechnic from within the polytechnic sector. That contrary to the establishment procedure, there was no advertisement requesting application for the post of the rector; nor was there any appointment interview.”

The lecturers further submitted that it was the aspiration of every worker to attain the apex of his/her career, adding that “national policy on education clearly shows that operation of the polytechnic sector differs from that of university sector”.

ASUP therefore resolved that “the appointment of a rector for the polytechnic outside the polytechnic sector is rejected. As a prelude to the commencement of the process for the appointment of a rector for the polytechnic, the Governing Council should be put in place immediately”.

But addressing a press conference yesterday, Fowode explained that it was mandatory for him to apply for the terminal leave which would signal the end of his tenure.

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