Don't Use Staff's Death To Pursue Hidden Agenda - TASCE - THE DAILY CRUCIBLE



Thursday, August 13, 2020

Don't Use Staff's Death To Pursue Hidden Agenda - TASCE

-The Daily Crucible

The Management of Tai Solarin College of Education, Omu-Ijebu, on Thursday said the deaths of three of its staffers at different times, were unrelated to the alleged non - payment of their salaries.

Some people believed to be aggrieved staff of the College but acting anonymously, had gone to the social media to alert of what they claimed was  a tragedy when the College's lecturer, Mr. Oladeji Adebolujo, of Fine Arts Department, School of Vocational and Technical Education, reportedly slumped and died at the Federal Medical Centre (FMC), Idi-Aba, Abeokuta, the State capital on Wednesday.

They said Oladeji might have died due to the non-payment of his salary, arrears and other entitlements and also listed others who died possibly on account of non payment of their salaries.

But reacting, the Management debunked the rumours and misinformation being peddled by those faceless people that some staff of the College died due to non-payment of salaries by the Ogun State Government.

In a release by the Head, Public Relations and Courier Department,  Mrs Fisayo Olajide, the Management noted that the College lost one of her staff to death on Wednesday, 12th August, 2020, describing it as very unfortunate incident but pointed out that  his death was due to medical condition.

It urged the faceless people behind the misinformation and rumour not to politicise the death of staffers to achieve a hidden agenda.

The release reads in part: "The staff concerned, Mr. Oladeji Adebolujo, of Fine and Applied Arts Department, had been battling with a medical condition of hypertension and diabetes for a long period. He had been on and off from work. 

"The College Management has been very supportive by allowing him to take some time off from work to thoroughly attend to his medical condition.

"Events leading to his final departure, detail that Mr. Adebolujo was referred to Federal Medical Centre, Idi-Aba, Abeokuta for advanced medical treatment from State Hospital, Ijebu-Ode, on Monday night due to kidney related issue which resulted in his inability to make use of toilet for some days.

"It was unfortunate that Mr. Adebolujo passed away on Wednesday while being attended to by FMC, Abeokuta as against the rumour that he slumped and died.

"Also, the death of Mrs. Benson of School of Education in June, 2020 was due to cancer complications. 

"Late (Mrs.) Benson had been battling with cancer for over five years. She had once been away from work for almost one year.

"The College allowed her to attend to her health by giving her leave before her demise due to cancer complications; ditto late (Mr.) Dele Asipa while Mr. Tajudeen Oropo died in a lone car accident along Odogbolu-Ijebu Ode Express Way.

"It should be noted that all these deaths were not related to the College, discharge of official duties or any form of denial or neglect from College management or government.

"There is no running from the fact that the College has issue of salary arrears owed by the last administration in Ogun State but since the coming of this present administration in Ogun State under the leadership of Prince Dapo Abiodu, the monthly subvention to the College has been very regular and the College Management has been paying the salaries as and when due.

"This should not become grounds for mischief and distortion or exploiting the unfortunate departure of a very diligent colleague to achieve selfish and twisted motives."

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