Yetunde Oladejo, Osogbo
The Civil Societies Coalition for the Emancipation of Osun State (CSCEOS) said it has uncovered the plan by the authorities of the Osun State College of Education (OSSCE), Ila-Orangun and the State House of Assembly to allegedly cover an allegation of over N300million financial impropriety in the institution.
The civil society group said that a petition on the matter had been written by the Colleges of Education Academic Staff Union (COEASU) and sent to the state House of Assembly early this year but was allegedly placed under the carpet apparently because of the financial impropriety was according to them allegedly perpetrated by the brother of former APC Interim National Chairman, Chief Bisi Akande.
According to a statement signed by the CSCEOS Chairman, Comrade Adeniyi,Alimi Sulaiman, after their emergency meeting yesterday said that the brother to the former APC Interim National Chairman, Mr. Niyi Akande is currently the Part-time Chairman of the Governing Council of the College since 2013.
Those also fingered in the corrupt allegation in the statement include the College former Acting Provost, Dr. Basiru Gbadamosi, the Registrar and Secretary to the Governing Council, Mr. Aderinola Adeoti, former College Bursar, now Bursar College of Education, Ilesa, Mr. Akin Latilo, and Mr. David Olayinka Olojede, a member of the Governing Council.
Others involved in the alleged scam and diversion of Project funds were; Mr. Oyegbade Reuben Abayo , Mr. Amobi Yinusa Akinlola ,Mr. Ayoola Peter Olajiola, Mr. Moses Oyewole Otitoola, and Mr. Kujeunbola Oluwafemi.
Sulaiman said the alleged financial impropriety was the funds meant and approved for some projects in the College Community as it affects the Constructions of Tetfund Amphitheatre , the Ila Technical College, the Information and Communication Technology(ICT) Department and
He further alleged that the authority of the College had purportedly spent closed to three hundred million naira (N300m) on the aforementioned projects since 2014 and the projects did not see the light of the day till this present moment, while all the funds released for the projects have been diverted by Akande and his co-travelers.
He pointed out that CSCEOS had been investigating the matter for the past five months before getting all the information and documents related to the matter, promising to ensure justice was done
on the issue, no matter whose ox is gored.
Sulaiman disclosed that the group had concluded arrangement to write petition letters to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Independent Corrupt Practices and
Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC),Osun State Governor, Mr. Rauf Adesoji Aregbesola and Osun State House of Assembly through its Speaker on the corruption perpetrated by the officials of the College.