Governing council of Yaba College of Technology has confirmed the termination of the appointment of suspended Bursar of the college, even when court has declared his suspension illegal
The Governing Council of Yaba College of Technology (Yabatech), has officially confirmed the termination of the appointment of Mr. Olugbenga Ibirogba as the Bursar of the college. According to a statement released by the Public Relations Office (PRO), of the College, Mr. Charles Oni that was made available to The UNION, the Council in a letter has declared that the services of the former staff was no longer needed.
According to the statement, Ibirogba recently had his suspension quashed by Justice B.B. Kanyip, but the issue before the court was the rightness or wrongness of placing Ibirogba on suspension as at when the Council did so. The statement also said that the Council in a memo said, it respected the judgment of the Court, but will exercise its right of appeal. According to the statement, Ibirogba had, in four separate letters to Council and Management, vehemently denied being the writer of petitions in the mainstream and social media that cast aspersions on the College Management.
“The onus was on the Council to investigate whether he wrote the petitions or not before deciding on further action, having already investigated and established the falsehood of the petition. He was therefore placed on suspension to allow for further investigation in line with Section 17 of theAct establishing the Polytechnic CAP F17, Lacos of the Federation of Nigeria” Ibirogba was thereafter invited to defend himself in line with the principle of fair hearing, but he hid behind his lawyers, dishonoured the invitations for fair hearing and ran to the court, contrary to the conditions of service he agreed to abide by upon his appointment.
The Public Service rules state inter alia: “Members of staff shall not communicate with any outside persons or agency on a matter being processed through the laid down machinery. A breach of this regulation shall be regarded as a serious act of indiscipline” According to the statement, Ibirogba had earlier received a letter of warning “to desist from any willful act of dishonesty and conspiracy to perpetrate fraud in the College.
“ In another instance, he was advised to desist from acts that constitute misconduct demonstration of negligence and lack of due respect for constituted authority, and at another time, Ibirogba received a letter of warning to desist from dishonest act, which all culminated in the latest action by the Council”. Being a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN), and reflecting that he had become a disgrace to his noble profession, Ibirogba once wrote to the Management begging that his disciplinary slate be wiped clean.
The constraint on Management to take such a monumental step to cover up his duplicity as pleaded, led to his vendetta and spiteful media campaign. The former Bursar is also under investigation by the Nigerian Police for forgery and criminal conspiracy. It is a certainty that his criminal pedigree triggered his fabrications and spurious media campaign on issues that have been investigated and rested” it stated.
Reacting to the sack, Mr. Ibirogba said that the letter was a contempt of court action,saying that court of competent jurisdiction has reinstated him on 1st July 2015. According to Ibirogba, he will approach the court for action, since the court has reinstated him back to the college as the bursar. He said he did not know why the college council would go ahead to sack somebody when the court has found their action illegal and reinstated him.
According to him, he is calling on the president and ministry of education to put in place independent investigator to look into all the allegations made against the rector and if at the end he is found telling lies he should be even executed .
“I am going to court to challenge their action because it clearly violates the court ruling on the matter” he said. Meanwhile, the Permanent Secretary Federal Ministry of Education, Dr, MacJohn Nwaobiala has said that since the case is in the court, he prefer it, be treated administratively.
According to him, there are institutions like Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) and auditor general of federation, established by the federal government to take care of issues like that, and they should be allowed to do their jobs.
“If any person has committed wrong doings, these institutions should be able to handle them and not people making statement on pages of newspapers. The UNION newspaper had reported on Tuesday, July 7, 2015 that Yabatech has sacked suspended Bursar; 24 hours after court had ordered his reinstatement as the Bursar of the college.
The National Industrial Court of Nigeria (NICN), presided over by Justice B.B. Kanyip had on July 1st, 2015 declared Ibirogba’s suspension as illegal, vindictive, against the labour practice and a clear case of victimization.
He ordered the college governing council to return him to his position, and all his salaries and allowances be paid within 30 days. Delivering judgment in suit no NICN/LA/582/2013, Justice Kanyip directed the governing council to pay Mr. Ibirogba, his salaries, allowances and perquisites of office intact from the date of the unlawful suspension, till the time of the judgment.