The Osun State government has ordered the immediate closure of the state polytechnic in Iree for two weeks.
According to Gistlover, the government also immediately froze the school accounts.
Dipo Eluwole, the commissioner for education, issued a statement that announced the account’s cancellation and freeze.
Recall that the governor of Osun State, Ademola Adeleke, suspended the institution’s rector, Dr. Tajudeen Odetayo, in July due to suspicions of corruption.
In a memo dated July 11, 2023 from Muritala Jimoh, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education, to the polytechnic’s acting registrar, it was stated that the rector was under investigation for “allegations of financial recklessness, corruption, misappropriation of funds, and abuse of office.”
In addition, the governor gave his approval for Mr. Alabi Kehinde Adeyemi to be named the interim rector with immediate effect, “pending the time the allegations against him are properly investigated by relevant bodies.”
In an unexpected turn of events, the suspended person returned to work while his suspension was still in effect while a court decided the case.
Therefore, the Osun State government said that closing the institution was in everyone’s best interests.
The statement noted that “This is to inform the general public, particularly members of staff and students of Osun State Polytechnic, Iree to proceed on two (2) weeks break, with immediate effect.
“The immediate break is a necessary action to maintain peace in the Institution consequent upon the forceful return of the suspended Rector, Dr. T.A. Odetayo.
“The general public should also note that School accounts have been frozen with immediate effect, and it is imperative that everyone cooperates fully and adheres to these directives.”