Ondo Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu has suspended chairman of Governing Council of Rufus Giwa Polytechnic, Owo, Mr. Banji Alabi.
The hammer fell on Alabi after Akeredolu received the report of the institution’s Visitation Panel, which stated that Alabi refused to honour its invitation on several occasions.
The Governor, who announced the suspension while receiving the report of the seven-member Visitation Panel to the Polytechnic, said Alabi remained suspended until he (Akeredolu) heard from him.
Receiving the report, Akeredolu appreciated all members of the Panel for their labour, with a promise to look into the report.
He expressed worry over the downward slide of the Polytechnic, saying there was no going back to converting the institution to a university.
He said, “I was inundated with several complaints here and there. A number of them I am not able to solve. I asked questions and got answers that probably were not correct, I can’t understand.
“I got information that several people have been recruited and when I ask, they will say no. Then why is your wages going up? Why can’t you pay?
“We have intervened on one or two occasions and we gave money with specific instructions to pay salaries. At the end of the day, you cannot still complete salary payment. I’m sure your report will contain this.”
Chairman of the Visitation Panel, Professor Olabode Kolade Koriko, who spoke while submitting the report said the release of N1.6bn bailout fund to the institution helped to reposition the Polytechnic and restore its lost glory.