Professor Adolphus Loto Sacked as Deputy Vice Chancellor of UNIMED

The University of Medical Sciences in Ondo, Nigeria, has sacked Professor Adolphus Loto as Deputy Vice Chancellor of Administration and Clinical Services. The decision was made after a petition committee found his allegations against university management to be untrue, malicious, and embarrassing to the university community.

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Professor Adolphus Loto Sacked as Deputy Vice Chancellor of UNIMED

Professor Adolphus Loto Sacked as Deputy Vice Chancellor of UNIMED

The Governing Council of the University of Medical Sciences (UNIMED) in Ondo, Nigeria, has sacked Professor Adolphus Loto from his position as Deputy Vice Chancellor of Administration and Clinical Services. The decision, confirmed on May 11, 2024, comes in the wake of allegations of misconduct and false claims made by Prof. Loto against the university management.

Why this matters: The removal of Prof. Loto highlights the importance of maintaining accountability and integrity in academic leadership positions, which can have a ripple effect on the quality of education and research. This decision also sets a precedent for addressing misconduct in institutions of higher learning, ensuring a safer and more trustworthy environment for students and faculty.

The senate's decision to remove Prof. Loto, a professor in the department of restorative dentistry, was based on his "unbecoming conduct" and "frivolous, spurious and unsubstantiated allegations" against the university management, according to Temitope Oluwatayo, UNIMED's public relations officer. A petition committee appointed by the governing council investigated Prof. Loto's 13-page petition and found the allegations to be "untrue, malicious and embarrassing to the university community" and liable to bring the institution into disrepute.

On April 29, 2024, the UNIMED Senate considered the report of the petitions committee and recommended Prof. Loto's removal as the deputy vice-chancellor by an overwhelming majority, with 100% of the voters approving his dismissal from the position of DVC Admin. Thegoverning councilsubsequently ratified the senate's decision at their 22nd statutory meeting held at the Medical Village Campus in Ondo.

Ayodele Arowojolu, UNIMED's pro-chancellor and chairman of the governing council, emphasized the significance of the senate's unanimous stance, stating that it "speaks volumes about the lack of confidence in Prof. Loto by his academic peers to remain in the office of DVC Admin." The sacking of Prof. Loto highlights the importance of maintaining integrity and professionalism in leadership positions within academic institutions.

The University of Medical Sciences, Ondo, was established in 2015 by the Ondo State Government to address the shortage of medical personnel in the state and improve access to quality healthcare services. As a relatively young institution, UNIMED has been making strides in medical education and research, with a focus on producing highly skilled and ethically sound medical professionals.

Thedecisionto sack Prof. Adolphus Loto as the Deputy Vice Chancellor of Administration and Clinical Services at UNIMED serves as a strong message that the university will not tolerate misconduct or false allegations from its leadership. The governing council's swift action in investigating the claims and the senate's overwhelming support for Prof. Loto's removal demonstrate theinstitution's commitmentto maintaining a high standard of integrity and professionalism.

The University of Medical Sciences in Ondo, Nigeria, has taken a firm stance against misconduct and false allegations within its leadership ranks by sacking Professor Adolphus Loto from his position as Deputy Vice Chancellor of Administration and Clinical Services. This decision, ratified by the governing council on May 11, 2024, sends a clear message about the institution's commitment to upholding integrity and professionalism.