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February 12, 20202min610

The Governing Board of the Federal Institute of Industrial Research Oshodi, Lagos, has removed embattled acting Director-General of the institute, Mr Chima Igwe reports say.

It was gathered that, the Director of Production, Analytical and Laboratory Management, Dr Agnes Asagbra, has been appointed to take over and manage the affairs of the Institute.

In an official notice to the workers on Tuesday, written by the Director of Human Resources and Administration, Mrs. O.A. Akinfire, the Institute said, the appointment took immediate effect.

This was to avoid a vacuum reports say.

Part of the notice reads, Asagbra is “ to oversee the activities of the institute pending the appointment of a substantive director-general and chief executive officer.

“Please accord her all necessary support towards the achievement of the mandates of the institute,” the memo added.

Asagbra had initially been recommended by the governing board to the Minister of Science and Technology, Dr Ogbonnaya Onu, after the controversy surrounding the doctorate of Igwe surfaced in 2019, an agency had reported.

But the minister rejected the recommendation and asked that the 57-year-old be appointed, a claim Daily Mail could not verify.

Igwe, who for 18 years claimed to have bagged a PhD from Universite d’Abomey Calavi, Benin Republic, took office as acting DG in May 2019.

According to FIIRO law, no officer can rise above the level of a principal research officer without a PhD.

It was later discovered that he had been using an attestation letter in place of a certificate for his appraisals and evaluations.

This prompted several investigations by the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission into the matter with a detailed reports that nailed the deposed Director General.

 

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