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 continuing second-semester examinations over non-payment of Half-time claims (Pt claims) by the protesting Tutorial Employees 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 may very well 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 tutorial workers can proceed on a protest, they have to declare an industrial dispute and provides the administration 21 days ultimatum, adopted by one other seven days.
“Protesting, when such provisions are usually not adopted is gross misconduct in line with the civil service rule. I knew they had been out to disparage my individual 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 special 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 incorrect for the lecturers to be inciting the workers in opposition to 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 have 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 executed excellently properly within the areas of workers welfare like promotion, loans and cost of allowances.
“The Pt declare is just not for our lecturers alone, a number of the lecturers had been from different faculties. ASUP will need to have pity on the scholars who’re working 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 are usually not completely satisfied in regards to the allegation. Our establishment is one to be reckoned with globally and this disaster is just not good for our score.
“We attraction to ASUP to cease creating rigidity and making this establishment appear like we’re in turmoil. We are going to attempt our greatest to mediate and restore stability, however we gained’t permit the picture of this establishment to be dirty by these combating private battles”.