Exposed: Nasarawa Polytechnic A Cesspool Of Corruption, How Institution Became A Cash Cow For Sacked Rector, Silas Gyar As He Allegedly Embezzled N104 Million

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Rabiu Omaku

Fresh facts have emerged following the revelation that the Nasarawa State Polytechnic, Lafia under the ousted management of the institution collected over N211,000,000 million from the Tertiary Education Trust Fund under the embattled Rector, Dr. Silas Gyar and two other top echelons who were suspended over administrative recklessness and financial aggrandizement running into millions.

Dr. Gyar, an erstwhile staff of the Nasarawa State University, Keffi was handpicked by the Chief Executive and the visitor to the Nasarawa State Polytechnic, Lafia to serve as the Chairman of the visitation panel with the sole aim of putting the wrongs right but he was seriously found wanting in the process.

Feelers from the institution uncovered that from the huge amount meant for the execution of projects and sponsorship of staff for further studies were diverted as the majority of the beneficiaries were cheated by the school’s former management.

From the N211, 000,000.00 million realized from TETFUND under the headship of Gyar now Dogagbo Runkpa, it was gathered that N92, 709,240 million was prudently used and a total of N14,000,000.00 million was accounted for by the Acting Rector, Augustine Ali Gabu who was the then Deputy Rector while N104 million was missing.

Some of the nagging issues that ignited the refund of money accrued to the Nasarawa State Polytechnic, Lafia was the inability of the institution to release funds to beneficiaries that were sponsored to go for further studies but change country to go for studies without notifying their sponsor.

It was gathered that the Tertiary Education Trust Fund released N30,000,000 million for the sponsorship of  Habib Tanimu to go for further studies in the United Kingdom but he ended up in India with the at the cost of N17,440,000 million with a balance of over N12 million.

Sources within the institution disclosed that the sum of N17, 460,000.00 million was released to him but Habib denied that a total of N17, 440,000.00 million was released to him by the Polytechnic while N200, 000 was deducted as their percentage.

Feelers said this financial inconsistency foisted TETFUND to demand the refund of N65, 000,000.00 million from the school and beneficiaries would refund over N25 million bringing the amount to over N90, 000,000 million.

Another financial scandal was the withdrawal of N30, 000,000 million lodged into the school account in error but the money is also missing and the non-refund of the N30 million was the last straw that broke the camel’s back.

Dr. Silas Gyar, it was learnt also that he swindled the school of another N30 million as three persons were fingered to have benefited from the funds, they are Ovey who was said to have gotten N9,000,000 million ,Hassan got N10,000,000.00 million and Abubakar Balarabe got a whooping N10,000,000 million plus deduction bringing the amount to N30 million, but competent source unveiled that the three persons listed as beneficiaries are yet to get the money.

The steps taken by TETFUND is to quiz all those sponsored for further studies, who collected money and remained mute to refund the money to coffers of TETFUND.

It was learnt that Sunday Ajegena was given N6,500,000.00 million to go for his MSC but diverted the money and is to refund N6.500,000.00 million and the institution is to refund N2.400,000 million while N100,000 was deducted as a percentage.

Tsalla Soja was given N4,500,000 million but did not embark on the journey and he would refund N4.5million while the institution would refund N4,068,000 to TETFUND.

Safiyanu Sidi Shuaibu was allocated the sum of N9,000,000 million but did not embark on any journey for that he is expected to return N4,500,000 and the school would also return N4,500,000.00 million bringing the amount to N9,000,000.00 million

SEE LIST OF BENEFICIARIES OF TETFUND SPONSORSHIP

1.Habib Tanimu-N30,000,000 Million

2.Bridget Angbashim- collected N6,500,000 million

3.Safiyanu Sidi Shuaibu-N4,5000,000 million

4.Sunday Ajegena-N6,500,000 million

5.Tsalla Soja-N4,500,000 million

6.Ovey-N9,302,400 million

7.Hassan-N10,847,700 million

8.Abubakar Balarabe-N10 million

During the reign of Gyar ,according to impeccable source, the management of the Polytechnic made it mandatory by deducting 2% from the amount given each beneficiary for scholarship, a trend which was still maintained by the Acting Rector, Augustine Ali Gabu before the swift intervention of the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnic, under the able leadership of Paul Useni which insisted that the 2% deduction must be slash to 0.5% but not the normal amount being deducted without the knowledge of TETFUND.

An impeccable source revealed that the current management agreed to deduct 1% as agreed by ASUP but went ahead with the 2% deduction without tangible explanation to the Academic Staff of Polytechnic.

An insider who pleaded anonymity disclosed that sharp practices are on the increase in Polytechnic as the former TETFUND desk officer was rejected by the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnic to be a member of the investigative panel set up by the State Government to probe the management of the school comprises of the Rector, Dr.Silas Gyar, the Bursar, Abdullahi Akyo and the ousted Registrar, Joseph Labani Dio over financial recklessness, maladministration.

The position of ASUP through a petition written by ASUP foisted the State governor, Umaru Tanko Al-Makura to reject Dalhatu as a member of the panel as ASUP reiterated that Dr. Dalhatu who is now with the Federal University, Lafia can’t be a judge in his own case as he has a question to answer when he held sway as the Desk Officer of TETFUND.

Some of the untold stories of Dr.Gyar management team also include the collection of N2000 each from 2016/2017 session that amounted to N13, 000,000 million meant for accreditation of courses but disappeared into the thin air.

Universalreportersng.com gathered that the Polytechnic under Ali Gabu also collected N2000 each for accreditation of 2017/2018 session and he realized N6, 000,000 million.

Tongues have continued to wag over the ongoing renovation of Business Administration and Management block whose cost is N7.7 million but available information revealed that the whole money has since been released to the contractor even as the contract has not been executed explicitly as offices of the renovated block lack toilets.

the block that was renovated by former management at the cost of N7.7 million

It was unfolded that the former Rector and the two management staff of the Polytechnic may again be invited to give an account of the disappearance of N15, 000,000 million, the breakdown of the money are as follows.

N2,400,000.00 million for Amacon , a company that was supplying electronics and other electrical items ranging from air conditions, television, fridge etc on loan basis while customers money are deducted from the source, the money was not accounted for as at press time.

The N1, 500,000.00 million for National Housing Fund, a scheme under the Federal Mortgage Bank was not accounted for.

The Rector collected a loan of over N600, 000 through a loan scheme of the First City Monument Bank (FCMB), called Sharp, Sharp.

Dr.Gyar and others may be called upon to give an account of the N6, 000,000.00 million from school Cooperative.

The embattled Rector, it was gathered flouted the internal arrangement called “special programme allowance” meant for 4 lecturers amounted to N400, 000.

Another financial scandal was the deduction of N10,000 from the salaries of engaged staff amounted to N2,214,000.00 million leading to litigation by one of the 82 engaged staff, Mansur.

Another financial aggrandizement also included the non-remittance of over N15, 000,000.00 million Pay As You Earn from staff salaries but was not remitted to the Nasarawa State Revenue Board.

The Chairman of Academic Staff Union, Paul Useni when contacted confirmed that the suspended management has paid their full salaries after seven months while some staff that indulged in the financial scandal of just N200,000 are still been paid on half salary.

The Chairman also confirmed that the institution would refund N63 million to TETFUND.

“I told our members that any lecturer having issues with the Tertiary Education Trust Fund to go and settle the obstacle by refunding their money to them,” he said.

“Apart from that the former management fraudulently awarded a contract of N7.7million for the renovation of the block of Business Administration and Management, classrooms were converted to offices without toilets and exit doors.

Useni expressed concern over the expiration of accreditation of courses for the past two years, calling on the State government to consider the Polytechnic.

Insisting that the release of white paper would end the trepidation in the institution ranging from the non-implementation of 2015,2016,2017 promotion exercise.

“The Congress reviewed the 21-day ultimatum to 14-day ultimatum which will lead to the total shutdown of the school “.

” We learnt that the visitor would appointment an outsider as the Rector, is not going to be easy because Nasarawa State Polytechnic is not a motor park, we have an act establishing the institution”.

“I repeat anybody that would take over must be from the Polytechnic system and would not exceed 50-54 years of birth”.

ASUP Chairman expressed discontentment over the allocation of official vehicles and staff to the suspended management as they are still collecting their full salaries.

As at press time, the embattled Rector, Gyar refused to respond to calls put to him by universalreportersng.com.

The Acting Rector, Augustine Ali Gabu in spite of calls and text messages sent to him, also Ali Gabu did not respond as at press time.

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