The Nationwide Affiliation of Nigerian College students (NANS) has demanded the prosecution of a lecturer, Prof. AbdulAkeem Agboola, of the Federal College of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB) over alleged age falsification.
In an announcement signed by the Chairman of NANS in Ogun State, Damilola Simeon on Sunday, it was revealed that the Professor of Arithmetic had been suspended by the college over the allegation.
Simeon disclosed that the Educational Employees Institution Unit of FUNAAB had investigated Agboola and indicted him of age falsification and discrepancies within the names on his certificates.
In keeping with paperwork made accessible to DAILY POST, the college had in an inside memorandum of April 13, 2021, requested Agboola to submit his start certificates in addition to his MSc and PhD certificates on April 16.
The memorandum, with reference quantity, FUNAAB/R/A/SP.467/1/207, mentioned it was noticed throughout periodic evaluate that Agboola didn’t submit the paperwork.
In his reply on April 16, Agboola described the declare that he didn’t submit the paperwork as “extremely embarrassing and worrisome.”
The lecturer claimed that, “Since I joined the companies in 1994, I’ve participated in no less than two workers auditing workouts the place my originals credentials had been proven to the panels and photocopies submitted.”
Whereas saying he additionally submitted his PhD certificates in 2002, the Professor expressed concern that somebody is perhaps “tempering and enjoying foul with my private file within the registry,” saying he had resubmitted the paperwork requested to the registry.
Nevertheless, the Educational Employees Institution unit, in one other memo on April 23, informed Agboola that no person was tampering along with his file, saying, nevertheless, that the there was no proof of submission of the paperwork.
For his MSc, the Professor was mentioned to have submitted a ‘To whom it could concern’ letter and never a certificates to the college.
“You submitted a “To whom it could concern letter as proof for completion of your M.Sc when employed as assistant lecturer in 1994, not a correct certificates.
“There was by no means a type of submission of any doctoral certificates, you probably have any opposite proof, kindly submit it
“There was no proof of start certificates submitted.
“In any approach, a fast evaluate of the credentials submitted have proven numerous inconsistent within the names on them, proper out of your start certificates, by your doctoral diploma certificates.
“Consequently, there may be quick want so that you can clarify these inconsistency because it can’t be safely mentioned that numerous names on completely different certificates belong to the identical individual.
“It additionally noticed that the date on the start certificates shouldn’t be in tandem with the sixtieth birthday celebration you lately had in public house…”
Reacting on Sunday, the scholars physique requested the college to make public, the findings of a panel set as much as examine the allegations in opposition to Agboola.
NANS maintained that college students of Agboola had on a number of events reported “his high-handedness which borders on sadism, coupled along with his notorious ramshackle relationship with each college students and workers members,” saying “such an individual, if discovered culpable, shouldn’t be worthy of being discovered amongst academicians.”
Of their calls for, the scholars mentioned, “Whereas we implore the administration of FUNAAB, underneath the management of Prof. Felix Kolawole Salako in addition to the Educational Employees Institution Unit to watch due diligence and totally examine the allegations, we additionally urge that the difficulty be referred to related quarters for acceptable sanctions.
“We additionally demand that the findings of the panel that was set as much as examine the allegations be made public and vital actions taken inside the subsequent 14 days.
“Ought to the administration fail to do the needful, our members gained’t hesitate to take all authorized steps inside our constitutional rights to press residence our calls for,” he acknowledged.
Efforts to achieve Agboola for feedback had been unsuccessful as he didn’t decide a number of calls to his cell phone, neither did he reply a textual content message despatched to him.
Additionally, the Public Relations Officer of FUNAAB, Kola Adepoju, didn’t reply calls to his cellphone too.
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