By Adegbola Babalola
The Board of Trustees of Igbajo Polytechnic, Igbajo, Osun state, has sacked acting Rector of the institution, Mr. Akinola Olugbenga Olaolu, who was said to have presented a fake doctorate degree certificate from the University of Ibadan.
The vice chairman of the Board, Chief Inaolaji Aboaba, who spoke with newsmen on the campus of the institution, said, when the news broke that Akinola was parading a fake doctorate certificate, the Governing Council, wrote to the University of Ibadan where the man claimed he got the certificate from, demanding it to authenticate or disprove Akinola’s PhD.
“The outcome of the verification from the University of Ibadan indicates that the certificate purportedly issued to him is misrepresented and therefore did not emanate from the university.
“The Governing Council met on Wednesday, 4th July, 2018 on the letter received from the University of Ibadan and decided that the services of Mr. Akinola Olugbenga Olaolu will no longer be required in Igbajo Polytechnic.
“However, we commend the efforts and contributions of the former Acting Rector, while he was with us,” Aboaba said.
He urged the newsmen to assist the community to positively project the institution, noting that, even with the unfortunate incident involving the former acting Rector, the polytechnic has many success stories that deserve media attention.
He added that Engr. Saheed Bello, has been permitted to function in the capacity of Rector of the institution until a substantive Rector is appointed.
According to him, already 15 applications have been received from people interested in working as Rector of the institution and assured that thorough checks would be carried out on whoever will be appointed as the new helmsman of the university.