Friday 26 January 2024

OSCOED ILA-ORANGUN: Adeleke Suspends Provost, Exonerates Governing Council Chairman

Osun State Governor, Ademola Adeleke has suspended the Provost of Ila College of Education, Professor, Jimoh Afolabi.

The suspension was recommended by the committee inaugurated to look into the financial misappropriation allegation rocking the college.

According to a statement by the Governor’s spokesperson, Olawale Rasheed, on Friday, the Investigation Panel headed by the Chief of Staff, Hon. Kazeem Akinleye found Afolabi guilty of financial impropriety and concealment of official information.

The statement also said the committee acquitted the Chairman of the Governing Council, Dr. Peter Babalola of any wrongdoing, adding that he is to remain in office.


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The statement further reads, “The allegation of over Two Hundred Million Naira fraud levelled against the Council Chairman was found to be unsubstantiated with documentary proof or transaction details.

“The cash advance of Three Million Naira to the Council chairman was found to be within the college’s financial regulations with all documentation verified by the committee.

“Based on thorough review, the committee discovered that the allegation of N200m fraud levelled against the Chairman of the Governing Council is untrue, diversionary, baseless and fallacious.

“Documentary evidence (voucher) revealed that he only collected a sum of Three Million Naira (N3m) as a cash advance which is officially allowed.

“On the Provost, the Committee reviewed three previous reports of investigations into various allegations of financial malfeasance, abuse of power and corruption levelled against him dating from past administrations to date.

“The Committee after a thorough review of the reports including that of the State House of Assembly alongside its own investigations recommended immediate suspension of the Provost, which is now endorsed by the State Governor.

“Sequel to the findings of the investigative Panel, the Provost of Osun State College of Education, Ila-Orangun, Dr. Jimoh Atanda Afolabi is hereby suspended on the grounds of financial impropriety, concealment of official information/ records; and failure to update the Governing Council on the important issues of the College.”

Kazeem Badmus is a graduate of Mass Communication with years of experience. A professional in journalism and media writing, Kazeem prioritses accuracy and factual reportage of issues. He is also a dexterous finder of the truth with conscious delivery of unbiased and development oriented stories.

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