Exposed: How Ex-Gov. Al-Makura Granted Pardon To Suspended Bursar Of Nasarawa Polytechnic, Who Was Accused Of Allegedly Embezzling N30 Million
The Paramount ruler of Karshi and Chairman, Governing Council of the Dr.Isa Mustapha Agwai, Nasarawa State Polytechnic, Lafia, Mohammed Sani Bako has affirmed that on assumption of office as the Chairman of the Governing Council he inherited a comatose bursary section marred by systemic corruption.
Dr.Bako gave the revelation during an interactive session with some selected Journalists last week, the monarch confided that majority of the names captured in the payroll of the Institution are names of death People given rise to an increase in staff salary.
“We brought hope where there is no hope “that was our story when we assumed office, there were serious obstacles of how to pay staff salary.
He maintained that the Governing Council set-up a screening committee to verify what goes to staff as salary.
When asked by a Journalist on what is delaying the submission of the 7-Man committee head by Mrs. Bridget Oduh to Investigate the Bursar, Ibrahim Adhama, former head of salary, Sallau Akakume and amongst other staff that soiled their hands into the finances of the Institution?
The Emir of Karshi buttressed that the former Governor accorded the Bursar prerogative of mercy after milking the school of it hard-earned money through fraudulent means.
“Is the Alfa and Omega, he has the reserved power to accord prerogative of mercy to anybody no matter the gravity of such persons offense
The Bursar who was diverting huge amounts of money monthly the salary of over 40 ghost workers while the Head of the salary, Sallau who it was learnt was a Diploma holder and the then Head of salary was collecting N1,000,000,m as his salary
An investigation has shown that the school whose corruption cases has gone down drastically following the appointment of the Paramount ruler is taking another dimension with the recent pronouncement by the immediate past governor of the State who in different fora maintained that his administration was built on transparency, accountability, and probity.
The prerogative of mercy accorded to Adhama who it was learnt was a cousin to the former governor, Umaru Tanko Al-Makura continued to generate heat as onlookers accused the incumbent senator representing Nasarawa South senatorial district as a fallacy fight on corruption which they said did not yield any fruitful results.
Nasarawa State Polytechnic now Dr.Isa Mustapha Agwai Polytechnic has the highest cases of corruption, forgery, diversion of money from TETFUND, IGR , School fees which were some of the ills of the ousted management team headed by Dr.Silas Gyar, the then Rector of the Polytechnic also exist under the present Chairman, Governing Council, Mohammed Sani Bako who attested to selected Journalists that he would never compromise in the cause of discharging his responsibility.
The monarch affirmed that he has no official car has the Chairman Governing Council of the Polytechnic”.
“All I believe was that is not easy to fight corruption because the more you are fighting corruption, corruption would fight you back, said Bako Karshi.
See The Under listed Questions
Sir, is no longer news that you are collecting salary as a lecturer with the Polytechnic?
I’m a well-respected traditional ruler on the payroll of the State Government for that it would be suicidal for me to be collecting salary at the Polytechnic, what I’m doing is called pro-bono, that is offering free services to the Institution, I lectured students out of free will at least four hours a day.
We learnt that Dr.Isa Mustapha Agwai Polytechnic collected N100, 000,000m as money for accreditation of courses from the former governor?
Yes is true that we collected money but is more than what you people mentioned here, the amount released to us is N163,000,000m not N100m as it was captured in that your allegations.
We also learnt that over N1.2bn was released by the Tertiary Education Trust Fund for projects?
As the Governing Council Chairman this does not give me an absolute power to do what I feel like doing, thank God we are guided by laws and if you want to find out anything about TETFUND, the Desk Officer is there.
The action of the former management of the Polytechnic which we found beyond sea level was that TETFUND withheld four years of interventions.
As the Chairman of Governing Council, it was alleged that you are receiving alerts of all financial dealings from the school? How true is this sir?
This is true, is very correct because I thought something like this would end financial recklessness, the former Rector, Gyar and the Bursar, Akyo used to received alerts of all transactions before we addressed that with the Bank, all were meant to block leakages.
We were told that you have taken over the power of the Acting Rector, Augustine Ali Gabu?
Go to the Act establishing the Polytechnic and read the function of Chairman Governing Council. See Schedule 5 (1) gave me the mandate to control the properties and finances of the school, also see S.5 (2) but this does not render the office of the Acting Rector, meaningless.
You alone decided to give 20 staff out of 27 fresh appointments after serving the school for a good eight years, please can you explain to us?
Their appointment in 2011 was done in error by the former management and Governing Council, I informed the visitor to the Institution and he directed me to do the needful and we gave the full appointment to 20 of the 2011 staff and we are looking forward to seeing what we can do to the remaining 7 staff.
You are the Governing Council Chairman and Chairman Tenders Board?
You can still visit S.5 (1) and (2) The council also succeeded in the introduction of Tenders Board which was not existing under Gyar between 2014-2015 as the contract was awarded without approval.
On the issue of shortage of salary, the new Head of salary attributed the hiccups to the existence of bad syndicate in the bursary section frustrating the holistic approach of the Governing Council to wipe out corruption in the Polytechnic.
The involvement of the former governor, Umaru Tanko Al-Makura and some respected traditional rulers and then Commissioners in the State also contributed to the ousting of the former management of the College of Agriculture, Lafia
Onlookers especially People within the Polytechnic community continued to raised eyebrow on what yardstick was used by Al-Makura, an uncle to the suspended Bursar, Ibrahim Alhaji Adhama over financial recklessness of whooping N30,000,000M.
Adhama was a former store officer with the National Assembly before his appointment as Bursar of the Polytechnic.
The Institution, it could be recalled was plunged into financial excesses running into billions of naira which included money meant for staff training doled out by the Tertiary Education Trust Fund.
Feelers from the Institution revealed that the new Bursar was milking the school dried by including names of over 40 ghost workers.
Insiders said the Bursar, Ibrahim Alhaji Adhama was pocketing the salaries of over 40 ghost workers, and this prompt the Chairman of the Governing Council of the Polytechnic, His Royal Highness, the Emir of Karshi, Muhammed Sani Bako iii to set up a committee which was given 2 weeks to submit it report.
Insiders from the Polytechnic are appealing to the State Governor to revisit the prerogative of mercy done to Adhama, the new Bursar which they said the punishment would serve as a deterrent to others.
Onlookers continued to appeal to the Chief executive to also extend the State pardoned to the former Rector, Dr.Silas Gyar, former Registrar, Joseph Labani Dio, and the Bursar, Abdullahi Akyo since the former Shendam road landlord only pardoned his relative.
The suspended Bursar, it was learnt was a product of a faulty system reason been that his appointment supposed to be 4 years as against the 5 years which was captured in his appointment letter, this an agitation, according to insider would be careful successful one.
Some staff of the Polytechnic who pleaded anonymity said the committee set up by the Governing Council wrote to the Chairman to terminate Bursar’s appointment but not to dismissed him from the school and was accepted by majority of the members that his appointment should be terminated to enable him to secure appointments somewhere instead of outright dismissal whereby he has no entitlement and would not secure a job somewhere.
Universalreporters.ng can authoritatively reveal that recently the Criminal Investigation Department invited those with cases of corruption leveled against them and were detained while individual staff involved in the financial incongruity were compelled to pay N30,000 each for bail, this cut across all those indicted by the probe committee report even after serving their punishment.
Also feeler from the Polytechnic revealed that the invitation of indicted staff by the CID barely three months was orchestrated by the former governor, Umaru Tanko Al-Makura who wrote to security agencies to apprehend those involved in the saga, it was also unfolded that even some of the staff indicted who had refund their loot was amongst those humiliated.
Recently there was a reported case of forgery in Dr.Isa Mustapha Agwai whereby a staff of the Institution is collecting money that supposed to go into the coffers of the Polytechnic but was diverted to the pockets of individuals.
It was reliably gathered that the action of the man has affected the ongoing admission of new students, whom it was alleged signed majority of the forms
Paul Useni, the Chairman of Academic Staff Union of Polytechnic hinted this in a series of interview with selected Journalists, he said the Union would shut down academic activities if the visitor to the Institution employed the service of outsider or insider but not academic staff, the school would be shut down.
“Our mixed feelings are that the State Government should not attempt to appoint someone outside the Polytechnic system because if he does ASUP would plunge the school into chaos.
Secondly, the appointment should be someone whose age is within the range of 50-55 years but not someone of 58-59 years, as he advised the State Government to do the needful.
“What was ongoing now was that the Governing Council succeeded in implementing the negative aspect of the white paper while the positive side was left untouched.
SEE LIST OF PRINCIPAL OFFICERS THAT LOOTED THE TREASURY OF NASPOLY IN THE LAST ONE YEAR AND WERE INDICTED BY COUNCIL INVESTIGATIVE COMMITTEE AND CONFIRMED BY THE DISCIPLINARY COMMITTEE AND ABORTED BY THE COUNCIL
1.IBRAHIM ALHAJI ADHAMA -BURSAR
- SALLAU A. ABOKUME – FORMER HEAD OF SALARY UNIT
- DAN’AZUMI AGAH OKUNU – INTERNAL AUDITOR
- SHUAIBU ABDULLAHI – PRINCIPAL ACCOUNT OFFICER
- TIMOTHY Y. AKUADNE – COMPUTER OPERATOR
LIST OF MEMBERS OF COUNCIL INVESTIGATIVE COMMITTEE
- MRS ODUH BRIDGET O. -COUNCIL MEMBER – CHAIRMAN
2.SURV. FELIX AUDU G. – COUNCIL MEMBER- MEMBER
- MR. UGBO JOSEPH K.- SSANIP CHAIRMAN – MEMBER
- MALAM USMAN IBRAHIM ISA – ASUP, VICE CHAIRMAN – MEMBER
- MR. DAVID A. IPOSHI – NASU, CHAIRMAN – MEMBER
- BARR. EMMANUEL ZAKARIA -HEAD, LEGAL UNIT -SECRETARY
The new administration under the new Governor should not hesitate to ensure that the white paper is implemented to the fullest and all persons indicted should be foisted to refund money.
The government should monitor the generation of Internally Generated Revenue running into billions of naira annually and ensure that the proper thing is done.
The State Government should take frantic measure to provide security to students by fencing the entire school.
The State Government should provide lavatory (toilets) to the school while considering the growing population.
The Governing Council should make case for the handing over of the key of the twin male and female hostels by the State Government to the beneficiaries.
The Governing Council should not hesitate to bring all those culpable in financial scandal or else pardoned them all.
The Governing Council of the Polytechnic should set up a due process and monitoring Unit or Department to monitored spending of IGR and amongst others.
The Governing Council should work hand in hand with Journalists at all times.
The Governing Council should join words with actions by introducing a mechanism to block leakages in it entirely.