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UNIMED DVC Dismissed Over Alleged Misconduct

The Deputy Vice Chancellor of University of Medical Science, Ondo had been dismissed for allegedly filling a petition against the institutions management.

The University of Medical Science (UNIMED), Ondo, has relieved Prof. Adolphus Loto of his duties as Deputy Vice Chancellor (DVC) for allegedly filing a petition against the institution’s management.

According to a statement from the institution’s Public Relations Unit, the decision was made following the Governing Council’s ratification of the Senate’s resolution during its 22nd Statutory meeting held at the Medical Village Campus in Ondo.

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The statement outlined the reasons for Prof. Loto’s dismissal, citing his purportedly unbecoming conduct, including levying frivolous and unsubstantiated accusations against the university’s management.

Prof. Loto’s 13-page petition, along with responses from key university officials, was reviewed by the Petitions Committee of the Council, which deemed the allegations false and damaging to the university’s reputation, given Prof. Loto’s position.

Following the Senate’s consideration of the Petitions Committee’s report, an overwhelming majority voted for Prof. Loto’s removal, citing false claims, disclosure of confidential information, and the potential to disrupt peace within the university community.

UNIMED’s Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of the Governing Council, Prof. Ayodele Arowojolu, emphasized the lack of confidence in Prof. Loto’s ability to fulfill his duties as DVC, as evidenced by the unanimous decision of the Senate.

Consequently, the University’s Governing Council approved the Senate’s resolution, effectively removing Prof. Loto from his position as DVC.

Oluwatayo said, “The decision of the Senate was predicated on the former DVC’s unbecoming conduct including frivolous, spurious and unsubstantiated allegations against the University Management

The Governing Council had earlier referred to Prof. Loto’s 13-page petition as well as the responses of the Vice-Chancellor, the Registrar and the Bursar to the Petitions Committee of Council appointed to investigate and make proper recommendations.

“The Petitions Committee of Council (PCC) found the allegations untrue, baseless, embarrassing to the University community and liable to bring the University to disrepute, given Prof. Loto’s position as the Deputy Vice-Chancellor.

“UNIMED Senate, on Monday, April 29, 2024, considered the report of the PCC and recommended the removal of Prof. Loto as the Deputy Vice-Chancellor by an overwhelming majority with 100% of the voters approving his removal as DVC Admin.

The decision was premised on the fact Prof. Loto made false claims against members of staff of the university, disclosed confidential and official information liable to cause a breach of peace in the university community.

“UNIMED Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of Governing Council, Prof. Ayodele Arowojolu, while addressing the Council, noted that a unanimous decision of the Senate speaks volumes about the lack of confidence in Prof. Loto by his academic peers to remain in the office of DVC Admin.”

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SOURCES: ALLSCHOOL, LEADERSHIP

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