Charity Simon, Abuja
A group operatingwith the University of Ibadan, and known as The Integrity Group of the University of Ibadan, has asked President Muhammadu Buhari, who is visitor to the university, and the Chairman of the University’s Governing Council, Dr. Umar Musa Mustapha, to investigate what it said was increased fraud in promotion exercise at the school.
The group, speaking in a statement jointly signed by its Chairman and Secretary Dr. Charles Chijoke and Dr. Bamgbose Ajisebutu respectively, asked Buhari to specifically look into the series of allegation of fraud, impunity and rot in the management of the institution.
According to the Integrity Group, a lecturer in the department of Classics, Dr. Doyin Odebowale who recently spoke on the rot at the ivory tower, has been made to face a disciplinary committee for daring to speak on the matter while a student was rusticated, for one semester, for similar offense.
According to the group, not many people, or even government, know the level of rot at UI, bulk of which is tracable to mismanagement and maladministration.
“However in some other cases it is outright lawlessness and impunity as depicted in the cases of the University of Ibadan and Obafemi Awolowo University Ile Ife. But while the former is already receiving attention from the visitor to the university, President Muhammadu Buhari, the latter has however not been that fortunate despite the tons of petitions to the visitor and the education ministry on the faulty procedure that brought about the Vice Chancellor of the institution in December last year.
“But while it may appear that the eagle eyes of the Presidency may not have seen or noticed the faulty procedure of UI leadership crisis which has now formed the basis for similar lapses in other ivory towers, it may not be out rightly correct to say that government is not doing anything about it. But what is much baffling about the UI case is either the visitor has deliberately ignored, or overlooked, the corrupt process or there is a power beyond the control of the presidency on the matter”, the group stated.
The Integrity Group said it had taken its grievances before the Chairman of the Governing Council, Dr. Umar Musa Mustapha and Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu, to no avail.
It stated that while Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of the Governing Council confirmed the receipt of the petition in a report of his meeting with the best six nominated for the Vice Chancellor post and wanted members to examine the petitions and take decisions before commencement of interactions with the applicants, it appears that the Visitor, who was also copied the petition, is silent over grievous allegations brought before him.
“Just recently, the university community was awash with petition on another fraudulent promotion of the wife of a cousin to the former Vice Chancellor during his tenure as VC. In the said petition, the former VC and the Provost of the College of Medicine, allegedly colluded to present false maximum scores of 25 publications of the candidate, which should have been either 3 or 2 points as 5 to the external assessors.
“Professor Yomi Ogun noted the error in his report stating that “journal articles for all publication types, with maximum score of 5 irrespective of publications types; are not in consonance with the guidelines provided”, the group further alleged.