Written by Godfrey AKON

FG probes 10 tertiary institutions over alleged irregularities

The Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu, has inaugurated ten fact-finding committees to probe seven federal universities and three polytechnics over alleged fraud, sexual harassment and other irregularities.

While inaugurating the committees in Abuja, Adamu said the probe became necessary following a number of petitions received from different stakeholders within and outside the institutions.

He said the allegations bothered on irregularities, abuse of due process, mismanagement, immorality, fraud and corruption among others.

“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,” he said.

According to the minister, the allegations against governing councils and management of the institutions have created mistrust and hostility and hindered the smooth conduct of academic activities to the detriment of students.

Adamu reiterated the commitment of President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration to turn around the fortunes of the education sector and lay the foundation for proper conduct in public institutions.

He said the committees are mandate to, among other things, carefully study and investigate all allegations contained in the petitions against the institutions or individuals, investigate the application of funds, particularly the special grants and loans meant for specific projects, as well as make appropriate recommendations to the government within ten days.

Earlier, the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Education, Dr. Folasade Yemi-Esan said the petitioners were emboldened by the hope rekindled by the transparency, good governance and due process brought by the present administration to bring government’s attention to such matters.

Yemi-Esan noted that the Ministry must, in the spirit of fair hearing, prove the allegations as an agent of change.

The institutions under probe include: University of Abuja, University of Calabar, University of Nigeria Nsukka, University of Uyo, Federal University Dutsin-ma, Katsina state, Michael Okpara University, Umudike Federal University, Kashere, Federal Polytechnic Auchi, Federal Polytechnic, Oko and Yaba College of Technology

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