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Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Abiodun Weighs Options Over Sidi Osho

          •Sidi Osho

Babalola Gafar, Abeokuta
Governor Dapo Abiodun of Ogun State appeared to be considering using his Office as Visitor to the  State - owned Olabisi Onabanjo University (OOU), Ago - Iwoye, to pardon Prof. Sidi Osho,  the dismissed lecturer of the institution, if that is a feasible path to travel.

The move as being mulled by Abiodun when followed through with official pardon,  would pave the way for Osho to assume her position as substantive Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology in the state.

Until Osho's dismissal, she was of the Department of Home Science and Hospitality Management, College of Agricultural Sciences, Yewa Campus  of OOU and she seemed to be operating from behind the scene as Education Commissioner.

She was recently introduced in absentia as Education Commissioner during a matriculation ceremony of one of the State's ICT Polytechnics to the consternation of some guests who wondered when and how she took her Oath of office.

  Sidi Osho's appointment  has become the subject of fiery controversy in Ogun State and this is already  shapping the perception of the state government and Abiodun's style of administration.

Sidi was one of the 19 Commissioner - nominees whose names were submitted to the state House of Assembly led by Speaker Kunle Oluomo.

She was subsequently screened and recommended for appointment by the House but at the Swearing - In ceremony in January, Osho was absent, prompting many to wonder at the time if she stayed away because of the aclaimed manner her job ended at OOU.

The precursor of the controversy is a sack letter served Osho about three years ago by OOU which leaked to members of the public.

In the said letter titled:"Dismissal from the service of the university" dated 18th April, 2016, and signed by the Registrar and Secretary to the University Council, Mrs. O.A. Akinsanya, it stated that Prof. Sidi was relieved of her appointment due to "unethical and gross misconduct" allegedly committed by her.

The letter reads: "Council at its 182nd meeting held on Tuesday, March 8, 2016,  considered the report of allegations of gross misconduct levelled against you which was duly investigated by the Staff Professional Ethics and Discipline Committee (SPEDC) and submitted a report through the Appointments and Promotion Committee(A& PC) to Council.

"In considering the recommendation before it, Council viewed your action as unethical and gross misconduct which is contrary University Rules and Regulations and the conditions stated out in your letter of appointment.

"Council therefore, in line with the earlier recommendation of the  Staff Professional Ethics and Discipline Committee (SPEDC) and in accordance with the extant code of Conduct approved that you should be dismissed from the service of the University with effect from 8th March, 2016.

"In view of the above, I'm to inform you of your dismissal from the service of the University with effect from 8th March, 2016. You are hereby requested to hand  all University properties in your possession to your Head of Department."

But the governor, The Daily Crucible learnt,  is contemplating on exercising his power as Visitor to OOU to pardon Sidi and write off whatever allegation/ indictment levelled against her at the institution as he appeared determined to use her as Education Commissioner.

And a section of  the students are in support of it. 

At the recent Convocation ceremony of OOU, Pro - Sidi Osho peaceful rally rocked the venue as students under the aegis of the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS), and National Association of Ogun State Students (NAOSS), besieged the area in their hundreds, appealing to  Abiodun to reconsider Oso and appoint her the Commissioner of Education, Science and Technology.

The students led by Com.  Bamgbose Tomiwa Peters (NANs Chairman in the state) and  Com.ogunrombi Gbemileke( NAOSS National President) in their solidarity rally for Osho, said she was a "victim of dirty politics" and urged the Governor to go ahead and name her substantive Commissioner.

But sources close to OOU told The Daily Crucible that there is no relevant law within the law that established the  university that  empowers the Visitor (the Governor) to pardon or write off the sin of any dismissed academic staff.

The Daily Crucible contacted the Special Adviser to Governor Dapo Abiodun on Communication, Hon. Remmy Hazzan, for reactions but said he is in a meeting and advised the medium to call later.

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