The University of Ibadan has sacked Chukwuemeka Diji, a senior lecturer in its Department of Mechanical Engineering, after he complained of illegal deductions from his salaries.
The PhD holder had told newsmen that the university had deducted some amount of money from his salaries since September 2018.
Diji, who acted as Head of Department from September 2015 to July 2017, was sacked on July 8. The decision was communicated by the university’s Senior Staff Disciplinary Committee (SSDC).
According to reports, Diji had complained about some financial irregularities during the tenure of his predecessor, Prof. Ademola Dare and his successor, Prof. Leke Oluwole.
Diji had claimed that a bank account for Energy, Technology and Management (ETM) conference was being run for the department of mechanical engineering from 2012 to 2016. He had petitioned the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission (ICPC) demanding an investigation into the matter in 2018.
He claimed he was being victimised for his actions.
Reacting to Diji’s sack, Prof. Idowu Olayinka, the Vice-Chancellor of the institution, said the lecturer violated university rules.
“He ran foul of the extant laws of the University including lackadaisical attitude to work. This includes but not limited to asking an unqualified person to teach postgraduate courses assigned to him to teach and for which he was being paid. Some other courses that were assigned to him to teach he refused to teach at all,” he said.
When asked about the salaries deducted, he maintained that the senior lecturer refused “to retire a cash advance.”
“If a member of staff took a cash advance and he/she refused or neglected to retire same, the standard procedure is to recover government money from his/her salary. Why has this suddenly become a matter of petition?,” he queried.
The report says before the expiration of the 14 days (stipulated days after which no appeal can be made), Diji appealed the decision of the committee denying the allegations of lackadaisical attitude to work.
Although no decision has been taken on the appeal, he has vowed to pursue justice on his allegations of fraud in the Department of Mechanical Engineering.