Minister Explains Probe Of 12 Federal Universities

By Yekeen Nurudeen

Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu on Tuesday explained that the  decision of the Federal Government to conduct an audit of the  utilization of the grants for the take-off projects in 12 Federal  Universities established by the former president Goodluck Jonathan  administration was as a result of the avalanche of complaints and  petitions on the management of the grants from stakeholders.

The Minister disclosed that the Economic and Financial Crimes  Commission, EFCC, is currently investigating a number of allegations of  financial impropriety arising from the utilization of the take-off  grants in some of the universities such as Federal University  Kashere, Gombe State, Federal University Dutsin-ma, Katsina State and  Federal University Otuoke, Bayelsa State.

The 12 new universities are Federal University Lokoja, Federal  University Oye-Ekiti, Federal University Ndufu-Alike, Federal  University Dutse, Federal University Dutsin-Ma, and Federal University  Gusau.

Others are Federal University Kashere, Federal University  Gashua, Federal University Birnin-Kebbi, Federal University Lafia, Federal University Otuoke, and Federal University Wukari.

They were established by the administration of former president Jonathan to create more access to tertiary education by Nigerian youths as well as to give all states of the federation equal  educational opportunities.

    Adamu who made this disclosure at the inauguration of a seven-man audit  panel chaired by a former Vice Chancellor of University of Ibadan, Olufemi Bamiro said the 12 universities were provided with grants  to enable them to effectively meet their operational recurrent  expenditure and capital expenditure towards execution of various identified take-off projects.

    “However, in order to further consolidate the funding of these  universities to enable them achieve their overriding objectives, it is  highly desired, in line with the stance of the present government  on transparency and accountability in public affairs, that an audit of  the utilization of the grants for the take-off projects in the 12  universities be undertaken.

    “The audit is also necessitated by the avalanche of the complaints and petitions from stakeholders and clients including the new Vice Chancellors of the 12 universities as well as campus-based unions and  community leaders” he said.

    It would be recalled that the Federal Government had in March 2016 sacked all the Vice Chancellors appointed for the universities by the former president Jonathan and appointed new ones without giving  reasons for their removal.

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