Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, has petitioned President Muhammadu Buhari over allegations of academic fraud, corruption and acts of impunity leveled against Vice Chancellor of Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike, Prof. Hilary Odo Edeoga.
According to the union, the allegations bothered on “extortion of money from students, extra-budgetary expenses, unlawful recruitment, misappropriation of TETFUND money, charging unapproved fees, fraudulent contract awards, and academic fraud.”
It called on Buhari to constitute a special Presidential visitation panel for the university to conduct detailed enquiries into the way and manner the affairs of the institution have been conducted for the past four years.
ASUU’s petition, addressed to the President through the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Education, which was signed by Dr. Uzochukwu Onyebinama and Dr. E.S. Willie, chairman and secretary, respectively, was made available to journalists at the weekend in Ibadan, Oyo State capital.
The union with evidences attached to the petition, alleged that the VC issued statement of results to 90 students, who were admitted into the B.Sc Agribusiness not approved for the university and without NUC accreditation, which made the graduates to be demobilised and decamped by the National Youth Service Corps, NYSC.