OMU-IJEBU – The Concerned Academic Staff (CAS) of Tai Solarin College of Education (TASCE), Omu-Ijebu, Ogun State, said that they have no confidence on the College’s Provost, Dr. Lukman Adeola Kiadese and they all passed vote of no no confidence on him, as he has started lobbying for second term as Colleges’ Provost, urging Governor Dapo Abiodun led government to turn down the aspiration.
The Staff Union of the institution and management-led by the Provost, have been on war path in the last three years over issue bordering on what they termed as non-payment of their salaries, poor welfare conditions, harassment of both Academic and Non-Academic staff and mismanagement of College’s funds among other issues.
Addressing journalists at a press briefing, held in Ijebu-Ode, the Chairman of CAS, Mr. Ade Balogun said that the Provost could not pass an integrity test if conducted on him, noting that he has been lobbying from politicians and political appointees to be appointed for second term as Provost of the College.
Balogun alleged that the Provost, Kiadese spent close to N70Million on Sallah for political appointees, buying them rams and other gift items to celebrate Eid-El-Kabir, saying that “Provost was a prodigal son, which deserves no second term in office.”
He said that it was wrong and unacceptable by the entire staff of the institution, for the Provost to have spent the alleged such huge amount of money for Sallah, while the salaries and other benefits of the College’s staff could be met by the institution’s management.
The Chairman of CAS added that the State Government has refused to promote them in the last seven years, noting that TASCE Governing Council were only after imposing Kiadese on them as second term Provost of the College.
According to him, “Dapo Abiodun-led administration has promised to put an end to TASCE problem and restore her lost during 2019 electioneering period, but to our surprise, nothing tangible has been done as the administration continues the payment of half salary to the staff since May 2019 till date”.
He said that the Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun has not paid any amount out of over 60 (sixty) months salary arrears owned TASCE Staff by his predecessors, noting that they were not being paying June and July salaries.
Balogun said that the present administration of Dapo Abiodun government now owing them 5 (five) months salaries in his 14-month old administration, saying that it was contrary to the promises made by the governor.
He further alleged that “Dr. Lukman Adeola Kiadese never qualified for appointment right from day one”, noting that “he has once heavily indicted for financial recklessness, administrative ineptitude among others.”
Meanwhile, all calls and text messages put across to the Provost of the College, Dr. Lukman Adeola Kiadese, to react to all these allegations were proved abortive, as he didn’t pick calls nor response to the text messages, as at filling this report.