The Federal Government has inaugurated committees to investigate variety of allegations on irregularities, fraud, among others, in ten tertiary institutions in the country.
The Federal Government has inaugurated committees to investigate variety of allegations on irregularities, fraud, among others, in ten tertiary institutions in the country. Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu, who inaugurated the committee in Abuja said it became necessary in response to the allegations contained in petitions received from different stakeholders, within and outside the institutions. The Minister listed the affected institutions to include Federal University, Dustin- Ma, Katsina State, Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike, Abia State, University of Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, Federal University, Kashere, Gombe State and University of Abuja.
Others are University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Enugu State, Federal Polytechnic, Auchi, Edo State, Federal Polytechnic, Oko, Anambra State, Yaba College of Technology, Lagos State and University of Calabar, Cross Rivers State.
Speaking further, Adamu said the allegations and counter-claims made against the Governing Councils and managements of the institutions have created mistrust and hindered smooth conduct of academic activities to the detriment of students.
In his words: “Obviously, this cannot continue, and it must not be allowed to linger. Some of the allegations include; financial misappropriation, disregard of due process, nepotism and irregularities in the recruitment and promotion of staff, corruption, power tussle among council members, sexual harassment and fraud, to mention but a few,”
While tasking the Ad-hoc panels to do a thorough job that would help to reposition the institutions, he cautioned the members against victimization.
The panels have ten days to submit their reports, just as the term of reference include; to carefully study and investigate all allegations against the institutions or individual, to determine the veracity of the claims and counterclaims, to meet and interview writers of the petitions, to ensure fair hearing by listening to explanations from all those against whom the petitions have been written, among others.
– Charity Simon, Abuja