Oscotech provost in alleged embezzlement mess

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Olasunkanmi Akinlotan

The Provost of the Ogun state School of Health Technology, Mr Abiodun Oladunjoye has been alleged to have carried out some questionable financial transactions in the school in the last one year.

PLATFORM TIMES has learnt that some quarters in the school have described the spendings as tactical embezzlement.

Sources within the institution told PLATFORM TIMES that the provost spent over N59,990,000 in buying official cars and in the grading of an access road which is said to be less than a kilometer.

After the allegation was made, PLATFORM TIMES visited the school campus to see the said access road and as well speak to stakeholders in the college but only few spoke as they were afraid of victimisation by the provost.

Our reporter who visited the constructed portion of the road observed that the road has been washed away by flood in less than eight months of construction.

Meanwhile a management staff who spoke on the condition of anonymity hinted PLATFORM TIMES that the road was constructed with the whooping sum of N25 million.

At the entrance of the administrative block, a staff of the school who as well refused to give his name told PLATFORM TIMES that the provost is in the best position to answer questions that bothers on his policies but added that things are not going on well in the institution.

He said, “the provost was not able to secure accreditation or reaccreditation for programmes in the college either at ND or HND with the National Board for Technical Education (NBTE) in the last five years.

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“He inherited a total of 11 courses (five ND and six HND) accredited by NBTE during the time of his predecessor. Thus, I don’t think he is not fit to continue as the provost of the college. Although, he has spent more than 43 years in service having joined the service of Ogun State in September 1996 and he is over 60years of age.”

A member of the Academic staff who identified herself as Mrs Habeeb who declined to speak on the financial activities of the provost, however, questioned the academic qualification of the provost.

She said Oladunjoye has once been reported to the Ministry of Education but the matter was swept under the carpet.

“I do not want to talk about the way at which the provost spends money but because this is an academic environment I am concerned about the alleged questionable academic qualification of provost.

“Even the visitation panel sent to the college in 2011 raised issues about it and when petitions in this respect was written by the academic staff union of the college in 2018, the Ministry of Education in a ground conspiracy ensured that the allegation was swept under the carpet.”

Also in a telephone call, another staff accused the provost of siphoning some undisclosed amount of money contributed by the students of medical imaging of the college for practical posting experience.

In his reaction, the Provost said he is a government worker and he takes approval from the government before making any procurement.

“I am a government official and I seek approval before getting any thing and there is nothing I got which I did not get an approval for.”

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