The Rector of the Federal Polytechnic, Ado Ekiti, Dr. Hephzibah Oladebeye, has described the allegation by some lecturers that he invested a sum of N1 billion on bitcoin on-line transaction as baseless and spurious.
The Rector spoke in Ado Ekiti, on Thursday, whereas reacting to the disruption of the continued second-semester examinations over non-payment of Half-time claims (Pt claims) by the protesting Tutorial Workers Union of Polytechnics(ASUP).
It was gathered that the establishment’s administration, had issued queries to the lecturers for disrupting examinations and for holding a protest in flagrant violation of the civil service rule.
In the meantime, the Alumni of the Polytechnic has appealed to ASUP to cooperate with the Rector to develop the establishment, saying resorting to blackmail over points that could possibly be resolved amicably would have an effect on the college rankings.
Through the protest held on Tuesday, the ASUP Chairman, Dr. Olabisi Olasehinde, had accused the Rector of investing a sum of N1bn on bitcoin enterprise, being cash allegedly earmarked to defray the Pt claims.
Condemning the protest, the Rector stated: “Article 23.1 of the civil service rule that guides ASUP stipulated that earlier than educational employees can proceed on a protest, they need to declare an industrial dispute and provides the administration 21 days ultimatum, adopted by one other seven days.
“Protesting, when such provisions usually are not adopted is gross misconduct in response to the civil service rule. I knew they have been out to disparage my particular person as a result of this was not a protest however hooliganism.
“However let me say this, administrative processes are being put in place to deal with the difficulty. In the event that they haven’t gone to the gate to promote themselves, it might have been a distinct factor. No accountable administration will fold its arms and permit that to go unchecked”.
Oladebeye, who described the allegation of investing N1 billion on bitcoin as raised by ASUP as low-cost blackmail, stated it was improper for the lecturers to be inciting the employees towards the administration to fulfill their political curiosity.
“Now, the manager of ASUP have acquired alerts of their Pt claims and different lecturers taking part-time lecturing, they need to give peace an opportunity and permit the examinations to proceed”.
Interesting to the feuding events to sheathe their swords, the Nationwide President, Alumni Affiliation, Abiodun Oyedokun stated the Rector has carried out excellently properly within the areas of employees welfare like promotion, loans and fee of allowances.
“The Pt declare isn’t for our lecturers alone, a few of the lecturers have been from different faculties. ASUP will need to have pity on the scholars who’re operating out of money and meals on campus. We don’t need the general public to understand this establishment as unserious, which might have an effect on our rating.
“The Rector can’t embezzle, he’s a person of impeccable pedigree. The alumni usually are not completely satisfied in regards to the allegation. Our establishment is one to be reckoned with globally and this disaster isn’t good for our ranking.
“We attraction to ASUP to cease creating stress and making this establishment seem like we’re in turmoil. We are going to attempt our greatest to mediate and restore stability, however we received’t enable the picture of this establishment to be dirty by these preventing private battles”.