The provost of Federal College of Agriculture, Moor Plantation, Apata, Ibadan, Dr. Babajide Adelekan has denied the allegation of mismanagement level against him by the college chapter of the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnic (ASUP) Senior Staff Association of University, Teaching Hospitals Research Institutes and Associated Institution (SSAUTHRIAI).
As the activities were paralyzed at Institution as a result of the protest for removal of the provost.
The provost told the reporters that the protesters are vocal minority who are avoiding facing disciplinary committee for their gross misconduct over series of allegation ranging from forgery and impersonation.
He said the protest was a gimmick to divert the attention of the management from the ongoing disciplinary committee set up by the management to find some facts about the staff of the college.
“Let me tell you, we are going through a disciplinary process for the member of staff who are involved in some corruption cases. It is unfortunate that I have to mention it. Some members are involved in impersonation, fraud, forgery of letter and other things like that. In civil service, that cannot be tolerated. We are embarking on it and they don’t want it because they know the implication.”
He said the unions know that the management will embark on verification of result after the ongoing disciplinary committee, adding that that is the reason they are distorting the process by engaging in protest.
He noted that he was happy that they didn’t allege him of embezzling the money of the college but mismanagement of resources which is not constantly remitted from the federal government.
According to him, “I am happy they didn’t accused the provost of corruption. They didn’t accused provost of doing anything wrong administratively. Even when they reported us to ICPC, EFCC and national character. Those anti grafts came to campus and after a year of their investigations, they didn’t find us culpable.”
It could be recalled that starting from last week Monday, the unions have been protesting, demanding that the provost should be removed for what they described as mismanagement of resources, saying they will continue with the protest until the provost leaves.
The treasurer of ASSUP of the institution, Femi Olaoye who spoke on behalf of other unions alleged the provost of highhandedness and sabotaging the dreams of the federal government on ensuring the college produces agricultural gurus.
“Since the last three years the provost assumed office, he had completed just only one session. Our farms are moribund. Our students are not multiplying as before. We want him removed,” he said.