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…as gov’t set to quash dismissal record
Olasunkanmi Akinlotan & Sodiq Ojuroungbe
There seems to be a palpable tension resulting into a complete silence in Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago-Iwoye over the appointment of a dismissed staff, Prof. Sidi Osho, as the new Commissioner designate of Education, Science and Technology by the state governor, Dapo Abiodun.
Expectedly, as a former staff of the university, encomiums and congratulatory messages was suppose to be showered on her but reverse was the case, instead she was not even present at the swearing – in ceremony.
PLATFORM TIMES observed that Osho who was dismissed by the University in 2016 for alleged gross misconduct, unethical conduct and abuse of processes was absent at the ceremony, no reason was given for her absence.
It was also observed that Mrs Osho did not include OOU as one of the institutions she ever worked with.
It was however gathered that the appointment caught the management of the institution unaware as principal officers are currently jittery that she might get back at them since OOU will now be one of the institutions she will oversee for about four years.
In a letter by the University obtained by PLATFORM TIMES, dated 11th April, 2016 read that the dismissal of Osho would took effect from March, 2016.
Osho, in the letter was accused and found guilty of gross misconduct and was dismissed accordingly.
PLATFORM TIMES gathered that Osho, was then at the College of Agriculture, OOU Ayetoro campus.
It was learnt that she was indicted of unethical and gross misconduct contrary to university’s rules and regulations.
Below is her resumé as released by the Ogun state government;
“Professor Sidi Osho is the Pioneer & Past Vice Chancellor, Afe Babalola University, and the President/Founder of Sidi Osho Foundation, Nigeria.
“An award winning, outstanding and hardworking Agriculture and Higher Education Expert that is action and result oriented; highly productive academic, with leadership qualities managing multi-disciplinary projects. With over 35 years’ experience in administration, strategic planning, International and Private Sector Partnerships. An International Scientist that graduated from Michigan State and Ohio State University in USA worked with the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), and in several African countries in the area of Agriculture.
“Prof Sidi Osho has strong interpersonal skills successfully demonstrated in both national and international assignments. She has travelled widely in Africa and all over the World while managing research projects for International Development Research Center, Canada (IDRC). United Nation Children Education Fund, (UNICEF), World Bank and UNDP.
“Prof Sidi Osho was appointed as the Pioneer Vice Chancellor of Afe Babalola University in January 2010. She brought a wealth of experience in administration, strategic planning, International and Private Sector Partnerships, teaching, research, food security and development to the Institution which brought it to the World Class level in a period of 4 years.
“Prof Sidi Osho developed several food processing equipment’s for crops and conducted National and International trainings all over the world and collaborates with many scientists in Nigeria, Ghana, Cote d’Ivoire, Kenya, Uganda, Malawi, Togo, Republic of Benin, Senegal, Madagascar in the area of Agriculture , Food Science, Food Systems, education and recently Tourism and Hospitality Management.
“She is a member of over 17 professional societies that include both National and International societies. She has attended over 100 conferences all over the world presenting conference papers in Higher Education, post-harvest, food processing, Nutrition, Agriculture, Hospitality &Tourism.
“She has over 160 publications, some of which are published in learned journal proceedings, monographs, books chapters, training manual etc.
“Prof Sidi Osho has become involved in several initiates to improve quality of lives of people and communities and our Africa; thus the founding of Sidi Osho Foundation (SOF). www.sidioshofoundation.org
“SOF’s mission is to contribute to the growth of human development and alleviating poverty in Africa development initiatives which include; Education, Entrepreneurship, Food Security, Leadership and Governance, Health, Sustainable development and most importantly, Youth, Gender and Women Empowerment.
“A member of several professional societies has impacted many lives and communities in her career path and has received many awards some of which include:
“*TOYP (Top outstanding Young Persons of the World) (1997).
“*Best Female Scientist; College of Agriculture Olabisi Onabanjo University, (OOU) 2006
“Award for promoting the Concept of Safe Campus, Association of Heads of Security of Tertiary Institutions, 11th May 2011
“*Distinguished Award for Outstanding Contributions to Advancement, service to Humanity and Role Model for the Girl Child 20th October 2011. Center for Grass root women Advancement and Development and International Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA).
“*Golden Award Children – In – Science and Technology CIST Ghana 2011, for Out Standing support towards popularization of Science & Technology among Children; 15th November 2011.
“*Best Vice Chancellor of the Year, Nigeria, Oct 2014, by Association of Vice Chancellors.
“Award of the African Woman Hall of Fame Commemorating the UN International Women’s Day by the Nigerian Presidency and African Female & Youth Students Initiative, 8th March 2015.
“Prof Sidi Osho is happily married with children.”
Meanwhile, when our reporter contacted the Public Relations Officer of the University, Adeniyi Odunwole, he agreed that Osho was a staff of the institution but claimed not to know what led to her exit.
He also added that, he is not in position to confirm if Osho was sacked or not
PLATFORM TIMES gathered that the government has been making efforts to quash her dismissal records from the university.
It was further gathered that the commissioner designate deliberately stayed away from the swearing – in ceremony in waiting for the government to clean up her alleged mess through the back door.
Efforts to get the Governor’s Chief Press Secretary, Mr Kunle Somorin, to speak on the matter was proved abortive as he didn’t pick nor return calls put across to him by our reporter.
The CPS also refused to respond to message sent to his whatsapp.