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Loto sacked as UNIMED DVC

By Sade Adewale, Ondo

Professor Adolphus Loto of the Department of Restorative Dentistry, University of Medical Sciences (UNIMED), Ondo City, has been relieved of his position as the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Administration and Clinical Services by the University Senate.

This was confirmed on Thursday, following the adoption and ratification of the Senate decision by the Governing Council at its 22nd Statutory meeting held at the Council Chamber, Medical Village Campus, Ondo.

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

The Governing Council had earlier referred 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 per cent 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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The Governing Council thereafter approved the resolution of the University Senate for the removal of Prof. Adolphus Odogun Loto as DVC.

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