EFCC summons former OAU Vice Chancellor over alleged N3.5 billion fraud

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has invited a former Vice-Chancellor of Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Bamitale Omole, over allegations of fraud levelled against him by academic staff of the university.

PREMIUM TIMES had on April 20, 2016, reported that the budget monitoring committee of the local chapter of the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, accused the management of the university under Mr. Omole of mismanaging N3.5 billion intervention fund released to the university for upgrade of facilities.

The Union had accused the management of the institution under Mr. Omole of expending the sum on hostel renovation and construction of new lecture theatres without observing due process and transparency.

The funds were part of the N100 billion released by the Federal Government in 2013 to universities in response to agitations by ASUU for upgrade of facilities at the tertiary institutions in Nigeria.

An implementation monitoring committee had spelt out guidelines for accessing the intervention fund but the teachers’ union in OAU said the university failed to abide by the guidelines.

According to the report of the monitoring committee obtained by PREMIUM TIMES, the university’s management failed to follow due process in contract awards or follow guidelines in the use of the fund.

Although the management, through the university’s spokesman, Olanrewaju Abiodun, denied any wrong doing, a body known as Third Eye International OAU restated the allegations in a petition to the EFCC.

In the petition, the group had urged the agency to investigate “the illegal disbursement and embezzlement of funds”.

Apparently in response to the petition, the EFCC in a letter to the Acting Vice Chancellor, Anthony Elujoba, dated January 19, requested the release of Mr. Omole and the university’s bursar, Aderonke Akeredolu.

The commission asked the bursar to come along with Certified True Copies (CTC) of “all capital project contracts, including financial documents relevant to the renovation of official residence of the VC executed in the institution”.

“Other documents expected are financial document of funds remitted to OAU under the NEEDS ASSESSMENT of Nigeria Public Universities Special Presidential Intervention between 2013 and 2014 and all financial documents of Employer Contributory Pension Scheme of the Institution between 2012 and 2016.”

Students groups and the Non Academic Staff Union of Universities, NASU, of the university had also demanded that Mr. Omole be probed.

Mr. Omole’s invitation comes less than two months after the current acting vice chancellor, Mr. Elujoba was also questioned by the EFCC.

“Some of our students invested their school fees in MMM”, says UNIOSUN VC

Several students of Osun State University have been unable to pay their school fees due to their investment in Mavrodi Mondial Moneybox, a popular Ponzi scheme.

Labode Popoola, vice chancellor of the university, on Saturday told Punch that students owe an estimated N2bn in school fees.

The professor said the institution would ensure that the undergraduates pay their tuition regardless of whether they are able to recoup their money from MMM.

He noted that the school’s registration portal would only be re-opened if many students pay their outstanding fees.

Popoola said: “Some of them (students) used their school fees to invest in MMM. But whether MMM comes back or not, it is their headache. I have told them that we are not going to open the portal.

“If I see that a critical mass of the students pay, then we will decide to open the portal just for about 48 hours. But they must pay first.

“This is how we accumulated a debt profile of over N2bn, we cannot continue this way. They just have to pay the money.”

The MMM Ponzi scheme went on break in December and recently announced the resumption of activities but it’s yet to be determined whether investors have started getting paid.

Anambra Varsity VC Counters News Of Herdsmen School Invasion

The Vice Chancellor of Chukwuemeka Odumegwu University, Igbariam, Professor Fidelis Okafor, has debunked the news making rounds on social media that herdsmen had invaded the university environment.

He dismissed the rumors as sensational and capable of causing panic and fear, while however lamenting the overbearing presence of the herdsmen in the university environment.

According to him, their presence has resulted in unquantifiable damage of experimental crops and other agricultural products belonging to the university.

The university is situated in Anambra East local government area, one of the agrarian areas of the state.

Reports says the greenery and very expansive landscape which appears like a grazing field, is perhaps the attraction for the herdsmen and their cattle.

The VC in an attempt to clear the air said: “The word invasion connotes so many things and can send fears into people’s mind. As far as the University is concerned, we have not experienced any danger that is to say, any attack or any such movement.

“Maybe someone who is passing by seeing a large number of cattle moving around within the university environment and with herdsmen also behind them and in front of them may feel afraid that this might be what people had always feared. But then, we have suffered some destruction from these cattle,” he admitted.

He went on to add that: “We have a Faculty of Agriculture, we have experimental farms by the students and by the staff, research farms, plantation, all these had at one time or the other been destroyed by the cattle. And the feaces from these cattle litter all around the campus attracting flies and fleas.”

Furthermore, Okafor explained that the herdsmen’s unlimited access to every area on campus unsettled the students.

According to him, the institution had repeatedly complained to relevant authorities both of government and the Police but the situation had prevailed.

He, however assured parents, students and the general public that against all odds, the school was still very safe.

“I am assuring the parents, the students and the general public that there is no invasion in the sense which we know what an invasion is.

“If there were, I wouldn’t be here talking to you. So I would tell the parents and the students and the public that the university is safe, very safe.”

Also reacting on the issue, the Anambra state Commissioner of Police, Sam Okaula, warned people to desist from causing sensation and panic as the long arm of the law will soon catch up with such elements.

He said the police were ready to assist the University on the issue of the cattle menace as he heads the Cattle Menace Committee set up by the state government to mediate on issues concerning the cattle herders and the host communities.

“We have not received any of such complaints from the university authorities of recent. One thing I want to assure you is that we have a committee in place, it is called Cattle Menace Committee.

“I am the chairman of that committee comprising traditional rulers, heads of Fulani communities, and heads of security agencies in the state.

“This committee was set up by His Excellency, the governor of the state and he has been doing a whole lot of wonderful jobs.

“Where we have cases of Fulani cattle destroying property, we step into such cases and we examine the circumstances and we have always come up with solutions where victims have been compensated.

“We also talk to Fulani leaders ensure that the avoid invasion of people’s crops and destroying property.

“He also lashed out on those who carried the false news, referring to them as “mischief makers”.

He described the act as unfair, while asking them to desist from doing it.

“They are not doing the community or the society any good. You don’t go about raising false alarm and putting people on high jump.

“I don’t know what they benefit from that, may be for obvious reasons, for pecuniary reasons they do that. But I think nemesis will catch up with such people soon. I can assure if that happens, they will pay for their sins.

“We will not condone that kind of act. It’s unfair for anybody to just wake up one day and start raising false alarm and telling falsehood all over the places, it doesn’t help us and it doesn’t help the person either.

“So I warn them to desist henceforth because we will definitely catch up with such people, we will do,” Mr. Okaula said.

Over 240,000 Students Now Enrolled In NOUN– VC

Over 240,000 Nigerians are now students of the National Open University of Nigeria, NOUN,  a feat which is a reflection of the academic revolution and standard set through re-invigoration of its curriculum and adoption of clear cut academic  policies aimed at making education easily accessible and affordable to Nigerians.

Vice Chancellor of the institution, Prof. Abdalla Uba Adamu stated this yesterday in Abuja when he played host to members of the Nigerian Guild Of Editors  (NGE) who paid him a courtesy call at his office.

Prof. Adamu said NOUN could not have come at a much more better time in the lives of Nigerians as the institution has not only  heavily bridged the gap in affordable education but has helped raised the standard and bar in university education across the country and beyond.

He particularly stated that the institution which today has numerous faculties and courses cutting across different spheres of life  has study centers spread across the country to the tune of about 476.

“ I remember how our study center in Kano for instance got flooded following a presentation we made on radio on how even housewives and others  could stay at home and earn their degrees after very rewarding educational experience and tutelage  with us. This is the kind of opportunity that the University provides .

“We have continued to update and restructure our curriculum in line with NUC guidelines to attain maximum academic excellence and standards in all our faculties and departments and are  proud with our achievements over the years, “ Prof Adamu stated.

The director of Learner Support Services of the University, Prof. Stanley Naribo Ngor, who also spoke at the meeting, eulogised the NGE but called for real professionalism in media practice. He said the University was open to collaborations with the NGE and others  in empowering journalists and media practioners across the country, especially within the context of intellectual conducts as being pursued by the university.

Earlier, Vice President of the NGE ( North), Suleiman Uba Gaya, who led the NGE team had earlier in his speech requested NOUN to set up two special study centers for the NGE in Abuja and Lagos. He said this will go a long way in harnessing the huge potentials of Journalists in achieving their academic dreams even as it will enhance professionalism in the industry.

Uba who commended the strive of the NOUN, said over the years the institution has indeed become an excellent example of how education and academic brilliance could be entrenched in a developing country like Nigeria.

 

The Vice Chancellor who agreed to look into the prospects of the proposal, said the institution would look into its prospects within the ambit of regulations of the institution, adding that NOUN was open to partnerships that would help boost the country’s educational standards and development.

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Alleged N1.4 billion fraud: How OAU Vice-Chancellor got into trouble

The acting Vice-Chancellor of Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Anthony Elujoba, who is under investigation over alleged diversion of N1.4 billion of the university’s fund, ran into trouble by drawing the remunerations of a substantive holder of his office, investigations have revealed.

Mr. Elujoba and the university’s bursar, Aderonke Akeredolu, were on Tuesday in Ibadan quizzed by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission over the allegation.

He was appointed acting vice-chancellor for a period of six months with effect from July 21.

According to the terms and conditions of the appointment as approved by the Federal Government, Mr. Elujoba’s fringe benefits include N120,000 monthly as furniture allowance.

Investigations however revealed that part of the allegations against him in a petition to the EFCC was that he received over N7 million as advance payment of the allowance for the five-year tenure of a substantive vice-chancellor.

The petition alleged that the acting vice-chancellor and bursar diverted monies from the university’s Fixed Assets and Endowment Fund, without approval from the Federal Ministry of Education and the Governing Council of the University, to pay themselves unapproved allowances, including the N7 million as furniture allowance to Mr. Elujoba.

Mr. Elujoba and Mrs. Akeredolu, who arrived the Iyaganku office of the anti-graft agency in Ibadan at about 5 p.m. on Tuesday, were quizzed for some hours and released on bail.

Before their arrival at the EFCC offices, scores of workers of the university and supporters had besieged the premises in solidarity with the officials.

When contacted, the EFCC Head of Media in the zone, Ayo Oyewole, declined to give details of the allegations against the acting Vice-Chancellor.

He however confirmed that he was was released on bail while further investigation was continuing.

The spokesman of the university, Biodun Olanrewaju, has however defended the accused officials, arguing that the acting vice-chancellor could not have been involved in financial malpractice as he was not in charge of the university’s finances.

“It is the bursar that is in charge of money, not the acting Vice-Chancellor. This is a man who does not even collect hospitality allowances or security vote as collected by other vice-chancellors,” Mr. Olanrewaju said.

He said Mr. Elujoba was brought into the university to stabilise the institution at a time of crisis.

“As acting vice-chancellor, he does the same work as any vice chancellor. Forget about the title, he coordinates the affairs of the university just like a substantive vice-chancellor,” he added.

Insinuating that the development had political undertones, Mr. Olanrewaju said Mr. Elujoba had already been recommended by the Senate of the institution as substantive vice-chancellor “with overwhelming majority of 295 votes against 8 votes for his opponent”.

The university’s spokesman also defended the loyalty demonstrated for the embattled vice-chancellor by workers at the EFCC office.

“You could see how all union members of the university stormed the Iyaganku office of EFCC in Ibadan to rally round him. That was to show that the man did not steal or embezzle as alleged,” Mr. Olanrewaju stated.

EFCC summons new OAU Vice Chancellor

There is an uneasy calm at the Obafemi Awolowo University as the Economic and Financial Crimes commission has summoned the Acting Vice Chancellor of the Institution, Anthony Elujoba.

A letter, signed by Oseni Kazeem of the Southwest Zonal Office of the commission in Ibadan, Oyo State, advised the VC and the school’s bursar, Aderonke Akeredolu, to come along with necessary documents.

The letter reads in part, “The office is currently investigating a case in which there is the need to obtain clarification from you. In view of the foregoing, you and your bursar are requested to report to our office for an interview.

“You are also to come along with the following documents: the salary payment schedule/any other payment made to senior staff and junior staff in August and September, 2016; payment vouchers relating to furniture allowances paid to the VC from the day he assumed office to date; certified true copies of the monthly salary pay slips of the VC from the day he assumed office to date.”

The acting Vice Chancellor has been accused of paying allowances without approval. PREMIUM TIMES learnt that a petition was written by an unnamed OAU Staff to the EFCC, who complained about the allowances.

The Public Relations Officer said the money spent could not be said to have been misappropriated.

“The Vice Chancellor has been invited to make clarifications and he would be there, from there we would know what next,” he said.

PREMIUM TIMES learnt that the Non-Academic staff Union of Universities and the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities were planning a protest to show their displeasure over the invite by the EFCC.

Before the acting VC came on board, the two unions had protested non-payment of their allowances for months, forcing the school to close under the former Vice Chancellor, Bamitale Omole.

The school commenced a new semester on Sunday, December 11.

Nigeria university shops for successor to Vice Chancellor accused of N800 million fraud

The Senate of the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, on Thursday said it has started the process for the selection of a new Vice-Chancellor.

The incumbent Vice-Chancellor, Olusola Oyewole, is currently facing a criminal charge alongside two others for alleged misappropriation of N800 million belonging to the university.

The three including the chairman of the university’s governing council, Adeseye Ogunlewe, were granted bail after they were charged to court by the anti-graft EFCC.

But the Senate of the university stressed that the search for Mr. Oyewole’s successor had nothing to do with his trial, as his tenure will end in the first quarter of next year.

In fact, the body reaffirmed its confidence in Mr. Oyewole’s ability to continue to provide academic and administrative leadership to the university until his tenure runs out next year.

Announcing the resolution by the Senate in a statement made available to PREMIUM TIMES, the university’s spokesman, Emi Alawode, explained that the commencement of the selection process was in line with the laws governing the university.

According to Mr. Alawode, the Senate stated that it reserved comment on the allegations against some officers of the university, as the matter was before a court of competent jurisdiction.

The Senate also expressed satisfaction with all measures taken by the Governing Council and the university management to ensure peace, security and unfettered academic activities in the institution.

The body, however, said it had “deep concern over the emerging trend in Nigerian universities, where some persons or group of persons in the guise of unionism, acting alone or in concert with internal and external influences, seek to control the levers of administration and undermine the peace and harmony in the system”.

It thus re-affirmed its resolve to uphold the laws of the University and ensure discipline and good governance at all times.

In another development, the Governing Council of the University has approved the elevation of 23 teachers (Readers) to professors, while 285 other academic and non-teaching staff were also promoted.

According to the Vice-Chancellor, Mr. Oyewole, the promotion exercise was in recognition of the dedication and contribution of the affected staff to duty.

The embattled vice chancellor, who is also the President, Association of African Universities (AAU), expressed optimism that the exercise would further motivate the affected staff.

NASU Leader Hit By FUTA Vice Chancellor’s Car Hospitalised

Abiodun Atunbi, a member of the Non-Academic Staff Union (NASU) of the Federal University of Technology, Akure, chapter, crushed by the institution’s Vice Chancellor’s car, has been hospitalized, SaharaReporters can authoritatively report

Mr. Atunbi sustained serious injuries as well as bruises on his face, arms and legs in the accident. Professor Adebiyi Daramola, the university’s Vice-Chancellor, at about 8.30am on Monday, car rammed Atunbi on Bank Road at Oba’nla inside the main campus of the institution.

Speaking from his hospital bed in Akure, Mr. Atunbi told SaharaReporters that Professor Daramola purposely hit him with his car during a prayer meeting held by protesting staff of the institution.

He disclosed that the university is currently in crisis, as academic activities have been paralyzed, following the strike embarked upon by the three staff unions of the institution.

“While I joined others in awaiting the arrival of the clergymen, the JAF Chairman, Mr. Dele Durojaiye, called on all of us to walk down to the Bank Road near the institution’s roundabout.

“We got there, and I stood at the back where others had already converged. Later, I saw an SUV driving by, but I never knew it was the Vice Chancellor’s car. The next thing I knew was it had hit and run over me.

“I lost consciousness. I was rushed to a vehicle and taken to the hospital for treatment, and it was when I got here [hospital] that I could recollect the incident,” said Mr. Atunbi.

When asked if he was standing by the road when he was hit, Mr. Atunbi said he was very far from the main road. The vehicle just rammed into me; I was not holding any weapon. So, I don’t know why I deserve this from my Vice Chancellor,” he told SaharaReporters.

A police source that pleaded anonymity had earlier confirmed to SaharaReporters that the incident was reported to the Police, which whisked Professor Daramola to the station.

“The Vice Chancellor was arrested and taken to our station at the State Investigation Bureau in Akure before he was later taken to Okuta Elerinla Police Station for further interrogation,” disclosed the Police source.

He added that the timely intervention of the police prevented the protesting unionists from lynching the Vice Chancellor, who has been accused of fraud in involving university funds, as revealed by the office of the Accountant-General of the Federation.

VC Of FUTA Arrested For Deliberately Crushing Staff With Vehicle.

Prof. Adebiyi Daramola, the embattled Vice Chancellor of the crisis-ridden Federal University of Technology Akure (FUTA), in Ondo State, was this morning arrested after he hit a member of staff of the institution with his car.

Abiodun Ademola Atunbi of the Non-Academic Staff Union (NASU) member of FUTA was allegedly crushed to the point of death, and was rushed to the hospital.

SaharaReporters learned that the incident happened on the main campus at Oba’nla in Akure at about 8:30a.m. as some members of staff of the institution were gathering at a meeting point for prayers.

Our correspondent gathered that the victim is the younger brother of a renowned journalist, Dele Atunbi of the Nigeria Television Authority (NTA).

Police Officers from the Okuta Elerinla Police Station arrested Prof. Daramola shortly after the incident.

Several aggrieved members of staff of the school converged at the Senate building following the incident.

Many of them trooped out to the street and made a bonfire as a sign of protest against the Vice-Chancellor’s wickedness, described by one of them as a deliberate action taken out of anger to kill Mr. Atunbi, who was one of the activists agitating for his removal from office.

One source told SaharaReporters that Mr. Atunbi was on his way to the prayer ground but was attacked by Professor Daramola with his vehicle immediately the Vice Chancellor saw him.

“The Vice Chancellor deliberately did it with the aim of killing Mr. Atunbi who he sees as a threat and whistleblower to his corrupt administration in the school,” he said.

“This is a man that has been threatening to kill all of us who are agitating for his removal from the office following the discovery of his corrupt practices with the school treasury.”

Comrade Durojaiye, the FUTA Chairman of Senior Staff Association of Nigeria Universities (SSANU) also confirmed the incident to SaharaReporters in a telephone interview.

“The incident happened around the bank road of the main campus, and I think it was deliberate because the Vice Chancellor has always threatened to deal with some of us who are against the continuity of his administration in the school.

“The victim, Mr. Atunbi, is a member of NASU and is our time-keeper during this period of protest and he rings the bells early in the morning to create awareness for members of staff to converge at our meeting point for prayers.

“Considering the incident that happened this morning, the aim of the VC is to kill us one after the other and keep us quiet but we have uncovered his plan, and he shall fail,” Mr. Durojaiye said.

BREAKING: University Vice Chancellor, others charged with ‘N800 million fraud’.

The Vice-Chancellor of Federal University of Agriculture,Olusola Oyewole,as well as the school’s Pro-Chancellor, Adeseye Ogunlewe, have been arraigned in court on an 18-count charge of financial malpractices.

 

The two officials were arraigned by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Friday, alongside the institution’s bursar, Moses Ilesanmi.

 

The three suspects were driven to the court by EFCC operatives in a Nissan Urvan bus.

 

They were docked at High Court 6 in Abeokuta, Ogun State, for alleged misappropriation of N800 million.

 

The judge, O.O Majekodunmi, stepped down the matter briefly for the counsels to resolve their differences over service.

 

More details later…

EFCC Arrests Federal University VC

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has arrested the Vice Chancellor, Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, Prof. Olusola Oyewole.
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Former Usmanu Danfodiyo University VC, Adamu Ngaski, is dead.

A former Vice Chancellor of Usmanu Danfodiyo University in Sokoto, Adamu Ngaski, is dead.

 

The renowned Professor Emeritus of History died on Tuesday at the Usmanu Danfodiyo University Teaching Hospital, Sokoto, at the age of 77.

 

The remains of the late Ngaski were buried in Sokoto on the same day according to Islamic rites.

 

The deceased served as a lecturer at the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, and was Vice Chancellor at UDU Sokoto between 1982 and 1989.

 

The late Mr. Ngaski was also a presidential aspirant under the defunct National Republican Convention (NRC) as well as the Vice Chancellor, Islamic University of Uganda from 1994 to 2004.

 

In retirement, the deceased served as Council Chairman of Federal Polytechnic, Birnin Kebbi, Kebbi State.

 

The late Mr. Ngaski is survived by one wife, 19 children and many grandchildren.

EFCC quizzes VC & Bursar of Fed. University of Technology Akure Over Fraud Allegation

Professor Adebiyi Daramola, Vice Chancellor Federal University of Technology, Akure, Ondo State and the Bursar, Emmanuel Ademola Oresegun, were yesterday quizzed at the Iyaganku office of the EFCC in Ibadan in respect of an alleged case of Abuse of Office and misappropriation of funds reported against them.

According to the petition submitted to the Commission, it was alleged that the Vice Chancellor and the Bursar were involved in

“Corruption, Fraud, Criminal Breach of Trust, Unlawful Enrichment and Conversion of millions of
Naira of the University”.

The Vice Chancellor allegedly drew Furniture Allowance annually instead of once in 4 years as approved and was paying himself Housing Allowance while residing in the University’s Vice Chancellor’s Quarters. The petition further alleged that he diverted funds from various unrelated subheads to finance other projects without the appropriate approvals for such.

They are still under investigations by the antigraft agency.

EFCC quizzes FUTA VC, bursar for alleged fraud

Prof. Adebiyi Daramola, Vice Chancellor, Federal University of Technology (FUTA) Akure and the Bursar, Emmanuel Oresegun were on Wednesday quizzed by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the duo were quizzed at the Ibadan office of the anti-graft agency on allegation of abuse of office and misappropriation of funds.

Mr Ayo Oyewole, Head of Public Affairs, EFCC, Ibadan Office, told NAN on Wednesday that the commission quizzed the two men based on the petition it received against them.

He said that the duo were alleged to be involved in corruption, fraud, criminal breach of trust, unlawful enrichment, conversion of millions of naira belonging to the university.

Oyewole said that the Vice Chancellor allegedly received furniture allowance annually instead of once in four years as approved.

He added that Daramola was also accused of paying himself housing allowance while residing in the University’s Vice Chancellor’s Quarters.

He said that the petition also alleged that the VC diverted funds from various unrelated subheads to finance other projects without the appropriate approvals for such virement.

NAN reports that the duo are still being interrogated at the time of this report.

Meanwhile, a Federal High Court, sitting in Jos, Plateau State, has ordered for the arrest of a former Governor of Gombe State, Senator Danjuma Goje, for refusing to show up in court. In reaction, EFCC has threatened to arrest the Senator anytime soon.

ASUU Drills 18 Professors Jostling For UNIJOS VC Post

The local branch of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) at the University of Jos (UNIJOS) have invited and drilled 18 professors jostling for appointment as the Vice Chancellor (VC) of the 40-year-old university.

Secretary of ASUU, Dr. Lazarus Maigoro, who also served as the chairman of the organising committee for the session where the applicants were asked questions, said that the professors got high scores at the end of the drilling.

He said the association, led by its local chapter chairman, Dr. Christopher Piwuna, initiated the interaction with the applicants in conjunction with the UNIJOS Advancement Office.  The governing council is expected to commence the interview of the applicants from today and over the next three days.

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Alafin Of Oyo Receives His Investiture As The Chancellor Of University of Maiduguri

The Alafin of Oyo, Oba (Dr) Lamidi Olayiwole Adeyemi received his investiture as the chancellor of University of Maiduguri at a special convocation ceremony on Friday, April 15 ahead of the university’s 40th Anniversary and convocation ceremony held on Saturday. The Alaafin was also conferred with an Honorary Degree.
Also pictured is the Alafin of Oyo, his wifes and the Council Chairman Alhaji Lawan Bukar Marguba, the Vice-Chancellor Professor Ibrahim Abubakar Njodi, Council members, and Principal Officers at commemoration of  the tree planting at the University Date Palm Orchard near Vice-Chancellor’s complex.

See more photos of the Alaafin of Oyo and his Oloris arriving Maiduguri International Airport. He was received by Pro Chancellor and the Council Chairman Alhaji Lawan Bukar Marguba, Vice-Chancellor Professor Ibrahim Abubakar Njodi, Council members, Senate members, Principal Officers and their entourage.

Scrap NUC, Ex-UNILAG DVC Tells FG

A former Deputy Vice-Chancellor, University of Lagos, Prof. Laide Abbas, has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to scrap the National Universities Commission and disband the governing councils of universities.

Abbas said that in his over two decades of working as a university administrator, he had never come across an establishment like the NUC in advanced countries, insisting that the NUC was an aberration.

He spoke at an award ceremony organised by The Wings Schools, in Iwo, on Saturday.

Lamenting the dearth of role models in the country, the Professor of Computer Science said that the lack of role models had affected the development of Nigerian youths.

Abbas also said that the composition of many governing councils of uni vers i t i e s nationwide had been replete with unworthy personalities.

He said, “The story of the birth of the NUC is well known to me. It was to serve as a link between government and the university so that vice-chancellors will not be seen parading the corridors of power to get funds.

“(The late) F.R.A Williams, as the pioneer chairman of the NUC, used his contacts to raise funds for the commission and its activities were managed well but now what we have is an NUC that feeds fat on the meagre resources available to the education sector.”

He alleged that some members of universities’ governing councils were linked to the diversion of public funds, while many others engaged in outright stealing of public funds.

Abbas noted that an external examination body or group with lesser financial implications could do the regulatory and supervisory roles being played by the NUC.

A consultant to the school, Lai Olurode, who is a Professor of Sociology, said the ceremony was organised to help youths to attain high moral standards, adding that Nigerian youths had become an endangered species.

A UNILAG lecturer, Dr. Ismail Musa, who delivered a lecture titled, “The dearth of role models and poverty of ethical leadership in Nigeria,” said Nigeria needed to rebuild a school culture in order to check the pervading degeneration in the country.

Some the personalities honoured with awards include Deacon M. A. O Shoyele, Alhaji Agoro Elere, Khalifah Abdul Olodo, Prof. Olasupo Ladipo, Pa Adebayo Agbaje,Otunba Adebayo Aremu, Pa James Alagbe and Dr. Daniel Olaosebikan.

Ambode Inaugurates Fagbohun, New LASU VC

Gov. Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State on Monday inaugurated Prof. Olanrewaju Fagbohun as the Vice- Chancellor of the Lagos State University (LASU) charging him to rebuild confidence in the institution after its protracted crisis.

Ambode said at the inauguration in Lagos that Fagbohun would require the support and cooperation of all stakeholders, particularly staff and students, to ensure a peaceful atmosphere that would promote academic excellence.

“This appointment was made after a thorough screening and selection process by the Governing Council.

“Over the past few years, LASU has had a fair share of successes and challenges; as a result, there is a lot of work to be done to propel the university to a world class status.

“I urge that we all use today’s event as a rallying call for all to join hands to move LASU forward,” he said.

Ambode said that his government was not just passionate about education, but also committed to raising the standards by providing the necessary infrastructure and delivering outstanding results.

“We are fully conscious of the unique position that LASU occupies, thus, the desire of all that the institution should refocus on intellectual engagement is very imperative,” he said.

The governor said he was optimistic that Fagbohun would show leadership and brace up to the developmental and academic challenges of the institution.

In his address, Fagbohun promised to restore peace to the institution, foster high level scholarship and consolidate on previous gains.

“LASU truly is a citadel of academic excellence that must be let out of its present bondage.

“I therefore invite all stakeholders in the LASU project to join hands with me in the task of putting it back on the front row of academic excellence where it rightly belongs,” Fagbohun said. (NAN)

Presidency Orders VC, Registrar Of The Fed University Of Otuoke To Refund Overpaid Salaries

The Presidency, through the National Salaries, Incomes and Wages Commission, has instructed the Vice-Chancellor of the Federal University, Otuoke, Bayelsa State, Prof. Mobolaji Aluko, to refund overpayment of salaries running into millions of naira.
The Registrar of the university, David Suowari, was also directed to refund the sum of N130, 692.71 per month in excess of his due salary.
The overpayments were said to have been discovered during the commission’s visit to the institution on May 12, 2015 to carry out an inspection of FUO’s remuneration practices vis-a-vis the extant government’s pay policy.
The VC and the registrar were accused of appropriating certain allowances to themselves which were not approved by the government.

These concerns were raised in a letter from the NSIWC to Aluko, signed for the Chairman of the Commission by the Director of Compensation, Chike Ogbechie.
The commission said,

“The findings of the inspection in respect of your institution (Federal University, Otuoke) were as follow:

“The Vice-Chancellor was being paid total emoluments of N1,970,476.76 monthly, whereas he should not earn more than N922,810.23 if he were paid furniture allowance en bloc earlier, or N1,043,176.79 if he were being paid furniture allowance.

“Much of the difference was attributed to certain allowances which were not approved by the government.”

In the case of the registrar, the commission said he was being paid N130,692.71 in excess of his due salary of N502,580.25.
The commission also said the university disaggregated its staff salaries against the government’s policy of pay consolidation.
The NSIWC, therefore, directed the university to stop “the wrongful practices” and comply with relevant rules and rates.
The commission added,

“We hereby direct the vice-chancellor and the registrar to refund the cumulative overpayments made to them.

“You are to report to the commission in writing, your compliance with this directive within four weeks of this letter.”

Prof. Mobolaji Aluko became the Vice-Chancellor of the university in February 2011 and he said (in a text message to our Punch correspondent) that there was neither disaggregation of salaries nor overpayment of salaries.
The vice-chancellor said,

“Rather, pension and health insurance allowances were due to three of us, Diaspora Vice-Chancellors who are on Sabbatical from our foreign universities, and co-paid monthly in naira to us for payment to those foreign universities.

“Without that concession occurring, our own local salaries would have been wiped out completely, and we could not have accepted the job.”

“However, the need for accountability is welcome, and Salaries and Wages Commission will be fully reconciled to the full facts,” the VC stated.