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There was mild drama as the newly appointed Vice Chancellor of the Moshood Abiola University of Science and Technology, Prof. Akinwale Coker and the Rector, Moshood Abiola Polytechnic (MAPOLY), Dr Samson Odedina on Monday clashed over the ownership of the office been occupied by the rector within the campus in Abeokuta, the state capital.
It would be recalled that the facility being fought over by the duo is currently been occupied by the rector, a temporary arrangement pending when he moves to the newly established polytechnic in Ipokia.
It should also be recalled that the Ogun state government has upgraded MAPOLY into a degree awarding institution while creating a polytechnic in Ipokia area of the state.
Barely two weeks ago, after the inauguration and swearing in of the OgunPoly, Ipokia Governing Council, the governor has taken the rector to the new polytechnic even when the structures are not completely ready for use.
The government in its bid to the take-off of the Polytechnic has also instructed that the management and staff of MAPOLY move to the new polytechnic for the take-off of academic activities.
A week after, the governor also announced the name of the Vice-chancellor of the University among other governing council members who are expected to start work immediately to pioneer the commencement of the University of which the defunct Moshood Abiola Polytechnic transited to.
In compliance to the governor’s directive, the VC moved to the defunct polytechnic which has now been pronounced as the campus for the new university, to assume office as the substantive and first VC of the institution seven days after his appointment but was refused access since the rector still operates from the office.
Trouble started when the VC met fierce resistance as the rector insisted that there was no directive from above to vacate the office, claiming that he is still in charge of the office.
A source in the polytechnic hinted PLATFORM TIMES that, the VC sat in his car for almost two hours after which he called the governor to report the issue at hand.
The VC who however called the governor to report the refusal of the rector to vacate the office for him was said to have also complained that the rector should take his car from the point where it was parked, claiming that he is the rightful Chief executive Officer of the institution as it is not the campus of OgunPoly, Ipokia where the rector belong.
On reporting to the governor, the source also added that the rector was however compelled by the governor to get the new VC an office or move his belongings to the new polytechnic in Ipokia where his office legally is.
The issue was however tactically and temporarily laid to rest as information revealed that efforts are in top gear to provide a more befitting office for the VC after the governor interfered.