Malicious allegation of sexual intimidation of teachers, students, financial impropriety leveled against the out going Director General, of West African Insurance Institute (WAII) based in Banjul, The Gambia, Professor Mike Ikupolati is said to have been orchestrated by some elements in the Banjul based regional institute who want him out by all means. According to a statement, there is no iota of truth in the allegations.
The revelation came on the heels of the just concluded governing council’s meeting held during the West African Insurance Association’s meeting held in Lagos recently.
According to the statement, at the governing council level, investigations conducted proved that there has been no evidence to show that Ikupolati had at any point in time harassed his female staffers and student of sex as nobody had come out to testify against him. He was also found not to have misappropriated the institute’s fund throughout his twelve year tenure in office, according to financial records available.
The malicious allegations were said to have been borne out of boardroom intrigues, petty jealousy and malign orchestrated by few unscrupulous elements targeting at an innocent official in the chambers of 35 years old West Africa Insurance Institute (WAII).
This unfortunate incident may lead to the demise of the Banjul based institute, the development that has forced the dogged head of mission, Professor Mike Ikupolati who has put in so much for the survival of the regional insurance institution to step aside recently.
His exit, according to report is also having a negative effect on the institute as the academic activities back in Gambia have scuttled.
Although, the astute administrator of high repute was compelled to stay back after the expiration of his third term pending when the governing council is able to recruit his successor but the Prof is said to be no longer comfortable and had to excuse himself out of the job.
Unfounded accusations and counter accusation of wrong doing within the institute’s setting in recent times with the Director General of the institute being the principal target is said to have been the order of the day in Banjul campus of the institute after his resignation on the 28th October 2013.
On a good authority, investigation revealed that the institute that suppose to resume a new academic session since September 2013 had to postpone resumption to the first quarter of 2014 to enable the council put a proper structure in place.
Our investigation revealed that at the governing council level, investigations conducted to uncover the truth behind various allegations bothering on the person of Professor Mike Ikupolati proved that there has been no evidence to show that Ikupolati had at any point in time involve in any attempt to put the image of the institute in bad light as being accused of.
Rather, it was noted, that the Nigerian born expatriate was putting his personal funds into the running of the institute besides using his international network to better the lots of the 35 year old institute as against the indictment of financial recklessness against the dogged head of mission who always ensured that no stone was left unturned in ensuring that the institute moved from monolithic institution to degree and post graduate degree awarding institution within the 12 years of his reign as WAII boss.