A former lecturer with the Technical University, Ibadan, Prof. Godwin Sadoh, has again alleged that the University management is owing him an unpaid forty-month arrears.
However, the management of the university has since dismissed Prof. Godwin Sadoh’s allegations in several news media.
Countering this dismissal, Sadoh referred to a document dated 15 July 2014, written and signed by Prof. Oladapo Abraham Afolabi, then acting pro-chancellor of the university, and made available to TIME TESTED NEWS, confirming that he formally engaged the services of Prof. Sadoh at Tech-U, and assigned him duties, but refused to pay him his allowances and some other emoluments he was entitled to.
The document opened with Prof. Afolabi thanking former Executive Secretary of the National Universities Commission, Prof. Julius Okojie, for appointing Prof. Sadoh as a LEADS Scholar to Tech-U, Ibadan.
Prof. Afolabi, in the said letter, then went on to shower encomiums on Prof. Sadoh’s outstanding and satisfactory services to the university: “within the span of one year of working with him at Technical University, Ibadan, he proved to be a great asset in many ways. First, Prof. Sadoh completed all duties I assigned him in good time.
“Second, he successfully drafted a thirty-three-page proposal for the School of Music at Tech-U; third, he composed a very beautiful and tuneful anthem for Tech-U; fourth, in July 2013, he published a special article to honor foremost Nigerian classical musician, Fela Sowande (1905-1987), in the prestigious Journal of the Royal College of Organists, London; fifth, he had kept me abreast of the performances of his compositions around the world by African, American, and European artists, between June 2013 and July 2014; finally, I am aware that he spent quite a considerable amount of time on the internet, training, teaching, counseling, and mentoring young Nigerian musicians in several music associations on Facebook.”
Prof. Afolabi closed the document for a renewal of the first contract, “it is for these extraordinary accomplishments of Prof. Sadoh within twelve months of being on the LEADS Scholar programme that I have decided to keep him for another year. I will greatly appreciate it if you could renew Prof. Godwin Sadoh’s LEADS Scholar contract for another twelve months (July 2014-July 2015), so that he will continue to build a world-class music curriculum for the newly-established Technical University.”
“The contract was renewed as requested, and a final one was also issued for six months, from 21 October 2015, to 21 April 2016,” stated Sadoh.
Attempts to reach Prof Afolabi were unsuccessful as at press time.