It has become very necessary for me to lend my voice to the current unwarranted controversy trailing the appointment of the Registrar of Osun State Polytechnic, Iree.

As an alumnus of the institution, I feel concerned anytime I read any form of negative story about OSPOLY in the newspapers. A recent needles mindboggling publication in some newspapers on the issue of the appointment makes me sick because of the misrepresentation made.

As an alumnus, I watch, with keen interest, the process of the appointment of the registrar and I have taken time off to weigh the contending issues.

I realised that the Governing Council of the Polytechnic stands on the side of the truth and integrity on the matter. The Council acted in the best interest of maintaining the positive image of the Polytechnic by appointing a man of integrity, knowledge and experience to the post.

Therefore, there is need to put an end to this needless controversy. From my independent findings, I realised that the process of the appointment followed the due process and that there is no dispute over the certificate of the officer who is a product of the famous Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife.

The new registrar possessed a Second Class Upper Degree in English Language in 1989 from OAU, Ile-Ife. He is also a member of many professional bodies such as Nigerian Institute of Management and Chartered Institute of Arbitrators of Nigeria.

By virtue of his degree from OAU, his professional qualifications and track record of integrity, this man is needed in the institution to ensure quality. Therefore, it is embarrassing to read in the newspapers the man was supposedly not qualified to hold the position. It is pertinent to note that Osun State is lucky to have a meticulous Governor like Mr Rauf Aregbesola who is always painstaking in handling issues. Our amiable governor who is a catalyst of change and an apostle of integrity would not open his eyes and allow corruption under his watch. I congratulate the Council, once again, for the courage to toe the path of honour despite intimidations by a cabal.

Since the appointment of the current registrar, the institution’s stakeholders have breathed a sigh of relief. The students of the polytechnic, the staff, various bodies and unions as well as other stakeholders are not complaining over the performance of the officer since he assumed the office.

On a final note, I appeal to those faceless individuals sponsoring unjustified write-ups in the newspapers against the registrar to desist and allow peace to reign at OSPOLY so that those of us carrying the certificates of the polytechnic would not be subjected to further ridicule in our places of work.

This article was sent to by Hameed Oyegbade.

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