• The various staff unions of the Federal Polytechnic, Ado-Ekiti on Monday staged a protest against the Rector, Dr. Taiwo Akande, over alleged corrupt practices and ineptitude.

    The protest was organised by the institution’s branches of the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP), Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Polytechnics (SSANIP) and Non-Academic Staff Union (NASU).

    Union leaders, who addressed staff members during the protest, accused Mrs. Akande of autocratic tendencies, nepotism in staff promotions and illegal pension deductions from contract staff benefits.

    They called on the Education Minister, Mallam Ibrahim Shekarau to order the Rector to step aside to allow investigation into the allegations of corruption levelled against her by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences (ICPC).

    In her reaction, the Rector accused the workers of impatience and hidden agenda, saying she expected them to await the outcome of the probe they jointly called for before resorting to protest.

    She spoke through the Deputy Registrar (Information and Protocol), Ade Adeyemi-Adejolu, who said that her administration had been transparent in all its financial dealings while urging the workers to embrace dialogue rather than confrontation that could affect the relative peace and co-existence in the institution.

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