Nasarawa Polytechnic Stinks With Corruption As Bursar Embezzles Over N30 Million And Was Pardoned By Immediate Past Governor
The pardoned done to the new Bursar of the Nasarawa State Polytechnic, Lafia now Dr.Isa Mustapha Agwai Polytechnic continued to generate heat over the action of the immediate past governor of the State, Umaru Tanko Al-Makura, now a senator representing Nasarawa South senatorial district.
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 a former staff of the National Assembly was accused of swindling over N30,000,000M from the coffers of the school barely 1 year in office following the dismissal of the then management team.
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 accused of milking the school dried by including names of over 40 ghost workers.
Insider said the Bursar,Ibrahim Alhaji Adhama was pocketing the salaries of over 40 ghost workers,an 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 its report,like other committees set up by the former management of the Polytechnic,headed by the then Rector,Dr. Silas Gyar the present committee head by a retired Permanent Secretary, Mrs. Bridget Odoh, the reverse is the case.
Insiders continued to expressed concern on why the suspended Bursar was pardoned without the committee submitting its report to the Governing Council as the Polytechnic community are accusing the Paramount ruler, Chairman and members of the committee of leaking the committee work which is yet to be submitted to former governor, Al-Makura who subsequently pardoned his cousin while the dismissal of the former management stand.
Onlookers continued to ask whether the Governing Council would also pardon 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 agitation been nursed by the staff of the Polytechnic, especially those thinking of being cheated in such situation.
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 dismiss 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.
The questions that needed ardent answer was where did the former Governor had the leakage of the document which he used to pardon his cousin?.
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 in the probe committee report even after serving their punishment.
Also, feeler from the Polytechnic revealed the invitation of indicted staff 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.
WHY DID THE GOVERNING BOARD REMAIN SILENT OVER CASES OF HEAD OF SALARY UNIT
The concerned staff of the Polytechnic again want to know what the Governing Council under the headship of the Emir of Karshi remained mute over the case of the head of salary Unit, Mallam Sallau A Abukume who the impeccable source said is collecting N1,000,000M as his monthly salary, being a Diploma holder this continued to generate tension.
It was learnt that the Acting Rector, Augustine Ali Gabu may cough N6,000,000M as well management members also benefited from the illegal increased of salary, since then the Chairman Governing Council remained mute.
A CASE OF FORGERY BY POLY STAFF
Recently there were reported cases 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 going admission of new students, whom it was alleged signed majority of the forms
WHAT IS DELAYING THE APPOINTMENT OF NEW RECTOR
The questions that remained unanswered was what really is delaying the appointment of a substantive rector that would man the affairs of the Institution as the school was being run on autopilot,it could be recalled that the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnic leadership has promised to jeopardize academic activities if the State Governor appoints an outsider as a Rector.
RECENT REACTION BY ASUP CHAIRMAN NASPOLY
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 is 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”.
The Chairman Governing Council, the Emir of Karshi, Muhammed Sani Bako !!! on several occasions declined to comment over the matter even with the swift intervention of the Acting Registrar, Muktar Wakeel.
“We will call you very soon for a press conference,” said the Paramount ruler during the visit of the National Board for Technical Education.
Also the Acting Registrar, Murktar Wakeel, when contacted on July 3, 2019, said the Council would call the press for a briefing, he stated this during an inspection of the two hostels built by the former governor of the State, Umaru Tanko Al-Makura on July 3, 2019.
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, SALARY UNIT
A reliable source from Naspoly confided that systemic corruption reign supreme in the Institution whereby the Chairman Governing Council dictate on what to do and his absence for sometimes has created a serious crack.
From indication, the committee saddled with the investigation of the Bursar and his accomplice is death before arrival with the pardoned shower on the Bursar, Ibrahim Alhaji Adhama.the committee which was inaugurated on January 30th,2019 and headed by a retired Permanent Secretary, Mrs. Bridget Oduh, a Council member is a mirage.
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.
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 spendings 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 the school.