Oyo Technical University owes me 40 months salary arrears – US-based Nigerian professor Godwin Sadoh insists

A Nigerian Professor based in the United States, Godwin Sadoh has insisted that Professor Afolabi Oladapo, a former Ag. Pro-Chancellor of the Technical University of Ibadan and the school owe him (Sadoh) 40 months in arrears unpaid wages among other allegations.
Recall that Sadoh, in a warning issued a few months ago, said he had been recruited from the United States under the Nigerians in Diaspora Scheme to help create a music program that would be rooted in the music technology of the 21st century, for the university, which was under construction at the time.

He added that Afolabi enlisted him to create the academic curriculum for all departments in the College of Agricultural Sciences, from first to fourth year, including the summer intensive programs.

Sadoh said he was to be paid $10,000 per month, but this was later reduced to $5,000 per month in June 2013. He added that Afolabi assured him that the university management at the era would provide him with suitable accommodation and a new car viz. the LEADS Scholar program and, more importantly, as a founding member of the university’s academic staff.
However, Professor Afolabi allegedly defaulted on payment of all salaries, allowances, transport and accommodation while the National University Commission (NUC) kept its end of the bargain, Sadoh said.
Reacting in a statement, the University dissociated itself from Sadoh’s claims. Akeem Lasisi, the university’s public relations officer, refuted the allegations, saying Sadoh’s claims could not be verified.

According to the PRO, the US-based professor had previously sent a letter to First Technical University, however, a search of available records yielded no evidence of him taking up the post.
In a recent development, Sadoh told SaharaReporters that he was indeed nominated by NUC as a LEADS scholar to serve at the university with documents supporting his claims.
Sadoh said that not all current staff at the University had yet been recruited at the time of his appointment (2013-2016).
The US-based professor, however, noted that he expected the university to contact Professor Afolabi and the NUC to verify that he worked for the school, as all current staff members have been employed. after he left.
He said, “I have been nominated by NUC as a LEADS scholar to serve at Tech-U, Ibadan (see attached first letter of my nomination).
“Prof. Afolabi is the one who assigned me duties as Ag. Pro-Chancellor at the time. of the school (2013-2016).
“They were hired after I left. When this saga began, the school management was supposed to first consult with Professor Afolabi and NUC to verify my claims, specifically that I worked for the school and confirmation that NUC had issued me three contracts .
“But Tech-U management did not do this before speaking to the press. Also note that my service to the school predates the appointment of all current staff at the school.
“Therefore, they don’t know me. The attached letter from Professor Afolabi written and signed by him confirms my commitment to the institution.
His nomination as a LEADS Fellow was in a letter shared with SaharaReporters dated June 12, 2013 and signed by CJ Maiyaki, then Chief of Staff to the Executive Secretary of the Leads Committee.
Another letter dated July 15, 2014, signed by Afolabi and addressed to Julius Okojie, then Executive Secretary of the National Universities Commissions (NUC), requested the renewal of Sadoh’s contract with the LEADS Scholar program.
When SaharaReporters contacted Professor Afolabi, he explained that he had only helped Professor Sadoh who had been recommended to him by his older sister (of Sadoh), a former colleague.
Afolabi said that in an effort to help the scholar, he wrote to NUC to recruit Sadoh into the new LEADS Scholar program for a year and Sadoh was paid accordingly by the Commission. He said that for a period of a year the university did not grow at all and Sadoh never did any work for the institution but was always paid.
He also denied Sadoh’s claims that he had promised to arrange accommodation and transportation, noting that he had given Sadoh his apartment to stay in and Sadoh had extended his stay as he could not. afford to raise the rent.
Afolabi said, “I only helped Sadoh and he decided to blackmail me. This boy called Sadoh, I don’t know where he is now, he’s a fugitive. At the time he was introduced to me, I was then Pro-Chancellor of the Technical University of Ibadan.
“We had nothing on the ground, all we had was to come together and have an idea of ​​how to overcome the problems in the Nigerian university. It was her older sister who had worked with me before when I was director.
“She said her brother is in Nigeria, has nothing to do and is a music teacher, and we haven’t checked his papers. Based on her sister’s good reputation, we said come be part of it. of what we do.
“We paid him a sitting allowance, lots of big names were there, lots of vice-chancellors were there, he wasn’t even qualified to be there but we allowed him.
“At that time, I approached NUC to accept him but they said he had to come from a university that would recommend him for the job. I wrote to NUC, and they gave him a year. one year he didn’t walk on University grounds for a day because no one was there, NUC was paying $2,500 a month.
“Nobody promised him a car or anything, he was just dreaming. He blackmailed me everywhere. I was quite magnanimous, I was just pitying him, I gave him an apartment to stay in. He refused to leaving the apartment after five years, I had to sell the apartment, and he fought with the owner when he had no money to pay.
“How can you be so qualified and not have a job? If he was qualified, why doesn’t he have a job? Let him show you the music he said he wrote, I didn’t use it in college.
“I only helped this man and he blackmailed me. If he’s so wronged, let him go to court. Let him go to court and show all the evidence there. It’s not fair, I helped him.”

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