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The governing council of the Federal University of Technology Akure (FUTA) has told Adebiyi Daramola, the institution’s sacked vice chancellor, to return to office with immediate effect. Adegbenro Adebanjo, the institution’s head of information and protocol unit, in a statement on Friday said the council took the decision at its meeting on May 18, presided by Joseph Waku, its chairman. The council asked Daramola to return to office and complete his term which ends on May 23. Daramola was in February arraigned alongside Emmanuel Oresegun, the bursar, by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). The duo appeared before SA Bola of the Ondo state high court, Akure. He was subsequently suspended in May by the federal government.
The governing council’s statement said Daramola’s reinstatement order was contained in a letter addressed to him and signed by Modupe Ajayi, registrar and secretary of the council. “The Governing Council at its Special Meeting held on Thursday, 18th May, 2017 discussed extensively about your suspension as the Vice-Chancellor of the Federal University of Technology, Akure, by the Federal Ministry of Education,” the statement quoted the letter as saying.
“Council noted that the suspension, by the Minister, took effect from Friday, 5th May, 2017, before the inauguration of the new Governing Council in Abuja on Tuesday, 9th May, 2017. “Members of Council discussed the issue especially in relation to the powers vested on Council by the provisions of the 2007 Autonomy Act that the Governing Council of a University shall be free in the discharge of its responsibilities for the good management, growth and development of the University. “After extensive deliberations, the Governing Council decided that you should be reinstated to your position as the Vice-Chancellor of the University with immediate effect.”
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