Contrary to reports in the media, Ogun State government has stated that out-going Rector of Moshood Abiola Polytechnic (MAPOLY), Mr Tokunbo Fowode, was not sacked, but that the government only approved his request to proceed on end of tenure leave.

In a statement by Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Alhaji Yusuph Olaniyonu, the government stated that Fowode, in a letter dated 17 September, 2013 and entitled: “Notification of End of Tenure” addressed to the Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Mr Taiwo Adeoluwa, through the Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Mr Segun Odubela, requested that he would like to proceed on end of tenure leave from November 9, 2013, six months to the end of his tenure on May 9, 2014.

“The rector, in his letter, stated that he had a cumulative of 308 days of leave. It was this request that the SSG in a reply dated, September 18, 2013, approved,” Olaniyonu stated.

The commissioner also stated that the three-paragraph reply by the SSG further approved the appointment of Professor Bandele Itiola as the new rector with effect from November 10, 2013 “to allow for seamless transition.”

He said the SSG had urged Fowode to “work hand in hand with him (Itiola) during the transition period in a way that will engender and foster continuity, accountability and stability.”

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