BUSTED: Nigeria’s Forestry Research Institute Boss, Olusola Accused Of Corruption Intimidates Workers With Queries, Transfers To Cover Up

The Director-General of the Forestry Research Institute Of Nigeria (FRIN), Ibadan, Oyo State, Prof Adepoju Olusola, begun witch-hunting and victimising some staff following a narrative by SaharaReporters exposing how he awarded fraudulent contracts with out recourse to process and due course of.

SaharaReporters had uncovered how Olusola turned the company into a private property.

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A supply had informed SaharaReporters that FRIN board members had been denied entry to all monetary and administrative actions of the company, together with data of budgets, expenditures, contracts, appointments, promotions undertaken below the Director-General.

Weeks after the story, it was learnt that Olusola ordered the switch of these he described as ‘enemies’ from the headquarters of the company in Ibadan to some Northern and South-Eastern states.

Some staff had been additionally issued question by the Director-General.

“He has been using the management to hunt perceived enemies. The aftermath of that publication by SaharaReporters is victimisation of staff with transfer threat.

“Sadly, the board and management haven’t brought verifiable report of an objective investigation on the alleged issues.

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“Also, most of us transferred to other states have not been furnished with any allowances to aid our redeployment. When one of us called their attention to this, they issued him a query.

“The labour union has been divided and bought over on this. The DG has turned himself to God in the institute. Always intimidating and threatening staff with his connection and influence in Abuja.

“Section 130105 of the public service rule maintains that transportation and resettlement allowance be made available before transfer or posting,” a supply informed SaharaReporters on Tuesday.

SaharaReporters had been briefed within the first by a supply which additional accused Olusola of illegally selling employees members with out regard for public service guidelines.

“The Director-General, Professor Adepoju Olusola has been found doing the following; withholding of staff deductions (Contributions of over N50,000,000) to co-operative society for the month of October 2020, as confirmed by IPPIS.

“Illegal removing or deduction from salaries of employees (This is completed randomly) with no motive, rationalization and transfer to refund (He doesn’t hearken to anybody) for similar October, 2020.

“Flouting of civil service rule in relation to promotion of staff. In the year 2020, promotion exercise was conducted, over 30%-40% of staff denied promotion even though they passed the examination, but he claimed there was no vacancy.

“By January 2021, this year, those who got promoted received their letters and were promoted appropriately. To our amazement, by June 2021, part of those promoted and served their letters, were given another promotion. We found out that they are his partners in crime in the institute.

“Imagine, someone got promoted to Grade Level 11 in January 2021 and received another promotion in June 2021 to Grade Level 13, in the space of five months.

“All efforts to have him explain this move proved abortive as he will never give room for questioning. He’s above the law and people are afraid to challenge him,” the supply had stated.

The Director-General of the Forestry Research Institute Of Nigeria (FRIN), Ibadan, Oyo State, Prof Adepoju Olusola, begun witch-hunting and victimising some staff following a narrative by SaharaReporters exposing how he awarded fraudulent contracts with out recourse to process and due course of.

SaharaReporters had uncovered how Olusola turned the company into a private property.

A supply had informed SaharaReporters that FRIN board members had been denied entry to all monetary and administrative actions of the company, together with data of budgets, expenditures, contracts, appointments, promotions undertaken below the Director-General.

Weeks after the story, it was learnt that Olusola ordered the switch of these he described as ‘enemies’ from the headquarters of the company in Ibadan to some Northern and South-Eastern states.

Some staff had been additionally issued question by the Director-General.

“He has been using the management to hunt perceived enemies. The aftermath of that publication by SaharaReporters is victimisation of staff with transfer threat.

“Sadly, the board and management haven’t brought verifiable report of an objective investigation on the alleged issues.

“Also, most of us transferred to other states have not been furnished with any allowances to aid our redeployment. When one of us called their attention to this, they issued him a query.

“The labour union has been divided and bought over on this. The DG has turned himself to God in the institute. Always intimidating and threatening staff with his connection and influence in Abuja.

“Section 130105 of the public service rule maintains that transportation and resettlement allowance be made available before transfer or posting,” a supply informed SaharaReporters on Tuesday.

SaharaReporters had been briefed within the first by a supply which additional accused Olusola of illegally selling employees members with out regard for public service guidelines.

“The Director-General, Professor Adepoju Olusola has been found doing the following; withholding of staff deductions (Contributions of over N50,000,000) to co-operative society for the month of October 2020, as confirmed by IPPIS.

“Illegal removing or deduction from salaries of employees (This is completed randomly) with no motive, rationalization and transfer to refund (He doesn’t hearken to anybody) for similar October, 2020.

“Flouting of civil service rule in relation to promotion of staff. In the year 2020, promotion exercise was conducted, over 30%-40% of staff denied promotion even though they passed the examination, but he claimed there was no vacancy.

“By January 2021, this year, those who got promoted received their letters and were promoted appropriately. To our amazement, by June 2021, part of those promoted and served their letters, were given another promotion. We found out that they are his partners in crime in the institute.

“Imagine, someone got promoted to Grade Level 11 in January 2021 and received another promotion in June 2021 to Grade Level 13, in the space of five months.

“All efforts to have him explain this move proved abortive as he will never give room for questioning. He’s above the law and people are afraid to challenge him,” the supply had stated.

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