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FUTA Governing Council Overrules Minister, Reinstates Suspended VC

The governing council of the Federal University of Technology Akure, FUTA, has directed the reinstatement of the school’s embattled Vice Chancellor, Adebiyi Daramola. 
 FUTA VC, Prof. Gregory Daramola (right) and Burser, Oresegun arriving the court premises on Tuesday in Akure

A statement by the institution’s Head of Information and Protocol Unit, Adegbenro Adebanjo, on Friday, said the council took the decision at its meeting of Thursday May 18, presided by its chairman, Joseph Waku.

According to the statement, the council said Mr. Daramola should return to office and complete his term which ends on Tuesday, May 23.

The vice chancellor was suspended from office as he stood trial on allegations of corruption.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, following a petition by some unions in the school, investigated Mr. Daramola and arraigned him before an Ondo State High Court for corruption.

The unions had been agitating for his removal as VC, pending the conclusion of the trial in court as required by the rules of the civil service.

A letter of suspension last week from the Ministry Education, came as a surprise as Mr. Daramola has less than a week to conclude his tenure in office.

However, the statement said Mr. Daramola’s reinstatement order was contained in letter addressed to him and signed by Modupe Ajayi, Registrar and Secretary to Council.

”The Governing Council at its Special Meeting held on Thursday, 18th May, 2017 discussed extensively about your suspension as the Vice-Chancellor of the Federal University of Technology, Akure, by the Federal Ministry of Education,” the statement quoted the letter as saying.

“Council noted that the suspension, by the Minister, took effect from Friday, 5th May, 2017, before the inauguration of the new Governing Council in Abuja on Tuesday, 9th May, 2017.

“Members of Council discussed the issue especially in relation to the powers vested on Council by the provisions of the 2007 Autonomy Act that the Governing Council of a University shall be free in the discharge of its responsibilities for the good management, growth and development of the University.

“After extensive deliberations, the Governing Council decided that you should be reinstated to your position as the Vice-Chancellor of the University with immediate effect”.

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