Busted! Another Abiodun’s cabinet member sacked from four universities

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…I was ordered to return salaries, allowances collected , says Odemuyiwa

Sodiq Ojuroungbe

Barely one week after an embattled commissioner- designate in Ogun state, Prof. Sidi Osho was exposed by PLATFORM TIMES over the true status of her professorial cadre, another political appointee, Prof. Joseph Odemuyiwa has also been alleged for certificate forgery.

PLATFORM TIMES reliably gathered that Odemuyiwa who is the Special Adviser to Governor Abiodun on Education was reportedly dismissed from four different universities for an alleged gross misconduct and certificate forgery.

Investigation conducted by PLATFORM TIMES revealed that Odemuyiwa was alleged to be a serial certificate forger who has been going around with forged certificates.

It was learnt that the Abiodun’s appointee has been caught by management of different places he had worked with and which reportedly led to his dismissal from the Universities’ system.

PLATFORM TIMES findings revealed that Odemuyiwa had worked with the Kwara State University, Tai Solarin University of Education, University of Lagos and the Olabisi Onabanjo University, but he was reportedly unceremoniously dismissed from all the universities.

Further findings revealed that Odemuyiwa’s dismissal from the four universities was as a result of forged certificates.

It was learnt that the embattled SA reportedly rose to the top in academics by allegedly presenting different forged certificates of institutions he neither attended not completed .

PLATFORM TIMES further learnt that Odemuyiwa was reportedly dismissed at OOU in 2013 for offences ranging from gross misconduct, certificate forgery, among others.

A top official of OOU who pleaded anonymity confirmed the dismissal of Odemuyiwa to our reporter.

The source explained that Odemuyiwa was found guilty of presenting a forged certificate to the University and also involved in a misconduct that contravened the institution’s law.

The source said, “I can confirm to you that Dr. Odemuyiwa was dismissed from OOU in 2013 for gross misconduct.

“He was found to be carrying a forged certificate and he was dismissed for that and some other misconducts.

“He can never claim that he is unaware of his dismissal because a letter was given to him. Why did he stop coming to work if he is not aware of his dismissal.”

Further findings also revealed that Odemuyiwa was appointed as a part time lecturer in Kwara State University while working with OOU.

It was learnt that he was alleged to have also presented a fake promotion letter.

It was discovered that Odemuyiwa presented a forged letter of promotion to become an associate professor to the management of KWASU.

PLAFORM TIMES further gathered that Odemuyiwa’s problem started in KWASU when he had a disagreement with the Vice-Chancellor of the University.

It was learnt that Odemuyiwa’s forged certificate which has been known by the management was brought out and his appointment into the institution was declared illegal and was terminated immediately.

It was further learnt that the KWASU management ordered him to refund all the salaries and allowances given to him by the institution.

Further investigations also revealed that the Abiodun’s appointee was at the University of LAGOS briefly, before his forged certificate was discovered and led to his dismissal.

An insight into the curriculum vitae of Odemuyiwa revealed that his working experience at UNILAG was not in the profile he gave to the government.

It was also observed that Odemuyiwa refused to disclose that he had worked briefly in UNILAG before his dismissal.

Also, PLATFORM TIMES gathered that the embattled professor became a senior lecturer at the Tai Solarin College of Education before his dismissal.

It was however learnt that one Prof Awonusi detected his fake degrees and university qualifications and had him booted out.

From Odemuyiwa’s resume published by SaharaReporters, he was reported to have claimed to have attended several reputable institutions including Northeastern Illinois University, United States, St. John’s University, Notre Dame, Indiana, USA, and Federal College of Education (Technical), Akoka, Lagos.

Odemuyiwa in the resume also claimed to have obtained some qualifications which include; Doctor of Education in Business Education, Master of Business Education, Bachelor of Business Education, Technical Teachers Certificate in Business Education among others.

It was learnt that many of the claims by Odemuyiwa on his resume are all made up.

Our reporter however gathered that some of the scandals that have rocked the cabinet of Abiodun made the governor through the Secretary to the State Government, Tokunbo Talabi ordered that all political appointees produce their certificates and curriculum vitae.

Talabi in the circular he personally signed with reference number SSG/ADM. 22/251 said the copies of the certificates and CVs should be submitted to his office.

In his reaction, the Special Adviser denied being sacked from any of the universities he had worked in the past .

Odemuyiwa in a statement issued in reaction to the report by SaharaReporters described the forgery allegation as a political strategy to ridicule the governor of the state.

He explained that his exist from KWASU and TASUED was voluntarily contrary to the speculation that he was booted out.

He further explained that the management of KWASU asked him to refund all salaries and allowances on the ground that his appointment into the institution was illegal.

The embattled professor however kept mum on why he left OOU and UNILAG.

Part of his statement reads, “the publication of the Sahara Reporters on the above concerning my person came as a rude shock but not strange in a political setting where one’s principal is a target of ridicule by strong opposing camp within.

“My story with all the universities where I was opportuned to serve in Nigeria was like a call to Macedonia.

“The story of my sojourn in Kwara state university started with a chat I had with the then Vice Chancellor that delivered an address at my Association’s Conference held then at the Federal College of Education, Abeokuta who wanted an assistance to perfect the running of Business Education in his university.

“He approached me because the other two lecturers on ground were from the polytechnics and colleges of education. No University exposure.

“I took an appointment with KWASU based on the understanding of adjunct lecturership (see attached letter marked annexure ‘A’). One can observe that the letter lacks the basic conditions and terms of employment for a full time appointment.

“The remuneration was not also attached. The Vice Chancellor actually wanted me to assist in perfecting Business Education which was running it’s second year and was not listed for NUC’s initial program accreditation, and also help in recruiting younger academics for the program.

“I took the adjunct job because of my determination to sustain Business Education as much as possible in universities in Nigeria especially the south west during my tenure as the National President of the Association of Business Educators of Nigeria (ABEN).

“I was fully on ground for KWASU even as an adjunct lecturer because my home university; Olabisi Onabanjo University was on industrial strike.

“As soon as the industrial strike in OOU was over and I could no longer cope with KWASU services, I gave a letter of resignation dated 1st March 2011 (see annexure ‘B’ attached).

“The letter was never acknowledged to date, rather pressures were mounted on me that the university registry has been complaining that an adjunct position ought not to have been given to anyone below professorial cadre like me. It was on this premise that I was invited for interview for the Readership position .

“The story did not stop there, I was summoned to a meeting again by the Vice Chancellor to pressurize me to leave OOU fully for KWASU which I bluntly refused since I have just
designed the MEd and PhD programmes in OOU and I was the only one on ground handling the core courses. Any attempt to leave will kill Business Education in OOU.

“My final departure from KWASU fetched me a letter later requesting for a refund of all salaries and allowances paid to me during my stay with them with a claim that I got the job illegally.

“I paid all, as requested, including all tax earlier deducted to fulfill all righteousness. . I was never sacked I resigned and paid them off afterwards.

“My first contact with the Tai Solarin University of Education (TASUED) was in 2005 when I was offered a sabbatical job as a Senior Lecturer in Business Education in the Department of Vocational and Technical Education.

“It was also a personal invitation then by the pioneer Vice Chancellor who was desirous of running a good Degree in the lucrative Business Education in the new university transmuting from a college of Education. I became the Head of the Unit and was able to fine-tune Business Education in the young university.

“I left at the expiration of my one year tenure for Olabisi Onabanjo University that was also looking for someone to help secure NUC accreditation.

“Towards the end of 2008 again, TASUED had problem with accreditation this time in the Department of Economics (Business Management Unit) and I was invited again and offered a part time appointment as a Senior Lecturer (see attached letter dated 23rd August 2008 Annexure ‘B’).

“While I remain a Senior Lecturer in Business Management in the College of Social and Management Sciences, the College of Applied Education and Vocational Technology of the same university would not let me go.

“I was also appointed an External Examiner for Business Education for the 2008/2009 and 2009/2010 sessions (Annexure ‘C’).

“My quest to get to the peak of my academic career in Business Education necessitated my response to the advertisements on the National Dailies by TASUED in my letter of application dated 2nd February, 2011. (Annexure ‘D’)

“My application was actually summoned by the Visitor and Proprietor of the University, Otunba Gbenga Daniel, the then Executive Governor of Ogun State. The governor got attracted to my paper on Business Education as a Synergy for Poverty Alleviation and socio-economic viability in the Southwestern Nigeria and wanted me to do something in my area of specialization with TASUED, his baby, hence the Executive approval of my professorial chair as a minute on my application under reference to the Vice Chancellor.

“The university responded to my application by giving a letter of appointment as a Senior Lecturer (a position I never applied for, and which I have been occupying since 2005. This was dated 30th March. 2011 (Annexure ‘E’. I was persuaded to accept the offer in the interim to allow for proper processing of the visitor’s approval of my full professorial chair.

“This I did but never resumed till date.

“I was waiting for the Visitor’s approval to be processed , I am not aware of any other letter written to withdraw an earlier one of 30th March 2011 or another one offering me a job as approved by the visitor.

“One thing I remember, the university management invited me for an interview for the position of a Reader/Associate Professor which I never applied for after the exit of Otunba Gbenga Daniel.

“I attended this interview to put my skills to test for a higher academic position. The outcome of the interview was never known or communicated to me till date, I still earnestly await it.

“I am also yet to receive any letter booting me out of any of the universities where I worked for forged certificates.

“Annexure ‘F ‘ and ‘ G ‘ speak about me in Olabisi Onabanjo University.”

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